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Deputies Seek To Take On Heroin Epidemic

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Reported: Jul. 6, 2014 6:19 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 6, 2014 7:48 PM EDT
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Heroin Epidemic
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Heroin is quickly becoming Kanawha County's number one drug of choice. The problem is so bad, it's being called an epidemic.

That's why the Kanawha County Commission rolled out a new anti-heroin initiative recently to help law enforcement agencies turn up the heat on heroin users.

The new Heroin Eradication Association Taskforce (H.E.A.T.) is designed to help several law enforcement agencies remove heroin from the streets.

Lt. Steve cooper, with the Charleston Police Department, said the heroin problem is so bad in Kanawha County, drug overdoses are happening at a staggering rate. Metro 911 dispatchers receive at least one drug overdose-related call a day.

Cooper said the rise in heroin use is directly connected to an increase in crimes. He said being addicted to heroin can cause someone to act out in a violent manner until they can get their fix of the drug.

Exactly how the taskforce will put pressure on heroin users is top secret, but Cooper credits Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Law Enforcement Commission Chairman Terry Sayre, among others, with helping to spearhead the anti-heroin initiative.

The commission plans to use $250,000 from a public safety grant to fund Operation H.E.A.T.



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