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Friday, November 19, 2010

Drug Enforcement Task Force Operating In Potter County

Drug Enforcement Task Force Operating In Potter County

dasealDistrict Attorney Andy Watson has been working with a core group of local law enforcement officers and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in the operation of the Potter County Drug Enforcement Task Force. State funds are covering the basic expenses. The task force’s work complements ongoing drug investigations.

Officials are especially concerned about the drug abuse problem among the county’s youth and young adults. Studies show that there is a growing epidemic of prescription drug trafficking, as well as abuse of other controlled substances.

Law enforcement is just one aspect of the county’s response to the drug problem. Potter County Human Services (PCHS) has been working with local school districts in support of programs geared toward early intervention to help students who show signs of drug abuse. Additionally, PCHS is working with other county agencies and Dickinson Mental Health Center on programs to help prepare Potter County Jail inmates who have been diagnosed as addicts to prepare for re-entry into society.

Specialists are concerned about new trends in the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, as well as limitations in treatment options for those with addiction issues. The PCHS Drug and Alcohol Program’s 2009-10 annual report reveals that alcohol abuse accounts for about 55 percent of referrals, followed by marijuana/hashish at 23 percent. One area of concern is the growing use of cocaine/crack, from just over 1 percent of referrals to more than 8 percent over the period of one year.

Copies of the report are available for review at Potter County Human Services in Roulette or the Potter County Commissioners office in the Gunzburger Building.


10 comments :

Anonymous said...

Its about time... Population in galeton should be a lot lower after they come to town.. I think some people should have an overnight bag packed..

Anonymous said...

Every time you spend tax payer money on a drug bust, 3 more take their place. What are we doing for long term solutions to the problem so we don't always have to shell out the cash to stake them out, arrest them, and house them so they can sell drugs in jail.

Anonymous said...

Wait..You can be DIAGNOSED as an addict??? So what?? To get help with any addiction, you must ADMIT you have a problem..not have someone TELL you that you have a problem?? So how is this going to help at all?? It might help the county crack down on criminals and populate our jails..but it is not "helping" any addict get clean. Which really needs to be done to solve the problem in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't the County pass a law that if you were caught buying, selling or using drugs that you would face a firing squad?

Anonymous said...

yeah 12:56! Lets look down our noses at people that need help. that's the Christian thing to do. What a sad place this is.

Anonymous said...

I do not think there needs to be alot of money spent. Just send a undercover man to each small town like ours and I am sure in a matter of hours he will have drugs. Talk to some of the people in town and they can tell you where to get drugs. Not just the young people either.People in most towns know who sells. A porch light on on certain night means we got some. It doesn't take a rocket scienceist to know just observe your suroundings.Yhey sit to get speeders they should sit at parks etc to get drug dealers

Anonymous said...

The problem with this task force is they will not be going after the suppliers. They will have their "informants" make a small buy from an addict. They need to make the connections to the suppliers. That will take an experienced group of cops, something we do not have in Potter County.

Anonymous said...

this is a joke.. why in the world would they announce this? why not put up several bill boards, make tv commercials, and put it on the radio? so much for going under cover.... tax dollars at work... idiots..

Anonymous said...

2:30 and 4:00, have you read this post or the many other before this one?

If you had you would know that answer to your silly accusations!

Anonymous said...

Okay know it all, here is a Criminal Justice 101 lesson for you:
The reason they make public that there is an undercover operation is that it is deterrent. When a drug user or seller knows that there is law enforcement, he or she will be less inclined to use or sell.
Do you slow down when you are driving down the highway and see a car alongside the road that you think could be a radar unit?
Despite what some people have written here, these people know what they are doing.