WPD wants help fighting heroin

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Submitted: Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:11am
Updated: Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:14pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The police department is asking the federal government to declare our area a high intensity drug trafficking area.

With thousands of bindles of heroin taken off the streets just over the past few weeks they say it’s an issue worth fighting.

“We’ve had some big seizures of heroin,” said Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, “Heroin is killing our kids.”

Wilmington has a heroin problem Evangelous is trying to fight against.

A federal designation of Wilmington as a high intensity drug trafficking area would bring federal dollars to Wilmington to help fight it.

“We need to maximize our enforcement efforts to stop that supply of drugs, at least slow it down,” Evangelous said.

“Heroin is the largest of all of the substance abuse that we,” said Molly Daughtry, Director at RHA Behavioral Health.

She says they offer a multitude of services to help those who are hoping to get help.

“It’s inexpensive and for whatever reasons it’s very easy to get,” she says of heroin and adds the help is not easy, “Heroin is challenging and I think particularly for the young folks, there’s so many lifestyle changes that need to be made once somebody decides to get clean it’s hard for people.”

“There’s so many people being prescribed opiate pain medication,” said Michelle Stanley and as a licensed clinical addiction specialist she deals with those folks one on one.

She says it’s that addiction driving the push toward heroin, adding there are more options for help in Wilmington than ever before.

For Chief Evangelous the fight against heroin is about the urgency of now.

“Heroin is killing our people around this country,” said Evangelous, “we should be aware of it and we should care about it.”

We asked the office of drug control policy if there were going to make the declaration for Wilmington.

They said the request was under review.

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5 Comments on "WPD wants help fighting heroin"

2015 years 8 months ago

WPD wants pay raises and now they want the public to do their jobs for them? Sad.

Heimie Schmelter
2015 years 8 months ago

“SAD” is when the general public is NOT forthcoming with information that will assist in keeping dangerous drugs away from our children. Heroin is nothing other than poison and has ruined the lives of so many families it is indescribable. ANYTHING the public can do to assist any law enforcement agency with drug enforcement is a positive thing!

A drug dealer only cares about one thing, money. He/she will fill your child’s bloodstream with this putrid poison and walk away smiling about it, knowing it’s now sure fire, regular money in their pocket! Drug dealers aren’t just murderers, they are thieves and cowards and most of all just slimy, gutless worms!

2015 years 8 months ago

Sad is your lack of reading comprehension. The article was talking about getting some help from the federal government, not the public. Not that there is anything wrong with the police asking for help from the public to combat such a problem.

2015 years 8 months ago

Bull. They are getting the feds involved so that every thing they seize 80% of come back to them in stead of where its supposed to go which is our schools. Remember police can will and do lie to you, doesn’t matter if it is in person or on tv. This will lead to lots of seizing working peoples and business men’s property that has nothing to do with ill gotten means. Look at Nevada.

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 8 months ago

Fix your Infrastructure problem first…then go for the Big Dogs help.
Gotta grow up first ILM!