Wayne County is trying to tackle this growing problem. The Wayne County Sheriff's office is hosting a meeting Tuesday morning involving the medical community, mental health providers, and law enforcement. The sheriff wants to meet with those who come in contact with heroin addicts, looking for alternative ways to help them.
Heroin and prescription drug abuse are a growing problem in our area.
What is being done to help the addicts and to get these drugs off the streets? Wayne County is trying to tackle this growing problem. The Wayne County Sheriff is hosting a meeting Tuesday morning. He wants to meet with those who come in contact with heroin addicts.
Statistics show heroin use has skyrocketed in recent years in our region. In the last 10 years, state officials say heroin treatment admissions in upstate New York has increased 115 percent. Many times it starts with prescription drug abuse.
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts is getting hospital, mental health providers, and law enforcement together to address this issue head on. We asked him what he plans to do with what he learns on Tuesday.
“It would change how we would police it, how we would investigate it, how services would be provided,” Virts says. “We're not going to arrest our way out of this. It’s got to be a prong approach with substance abuse services, halfway houses, recovery.”
If you know someone who is battling prescription drug or heroin addiction, there is hope. You can call the state's Hopeline at 1-877-846-7369. More information is also available here.