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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Drug Enforcement Task Force Part Of Broader Effort

Drug Enforcement Task Force Part Of Broader Effort

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 Center on programs to help prepare Potter County Jail inmates who have been diagnosed with addiction and mental health issues to prepare for re-entry into society. Specialists are concerned about limitations in treatment options for those with documented addiction issues.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know Potter County had a drug task force? So my next question why haven't you been in the Austin area going after the drugs?

Carol said...

OR let's bust them in Coudy, Roulette, Galeton, etc.etc.etc. Not just Austin, jerk !!!!

Anonymous said...

I have heard other busts in all the surrounding towns, but never in Coudersport itself. For goodness sake, just take a look downtown on the streets and tell me you don't see a problem.

Anonymous said...

My guess is that this is the same person that always complains about Austin. Hello, wake up, instead of being part of the problem, step up to the plate and help be a solution to the problem. This also goes for all the other communitties.

Anonymous said...

Why no more drug busts? 'Cause they are waiting for a few names and addresses to pop up on here.

Start spilling the beans folks.

Anonymous said...

heres an idea Drug Task force idiots. Why not arrest the pill dealers instead of makin deals with em EVERY time? You arent helpin by doin this. All it does is encourages em to do /sell more. Why? Because they get off FREE by dimin out a few friends and the problem goes on.

Anonymous said...

LOL-those drug task force idiots don't make deals. The DA does. Idiot!

haha

Anonymous said...

Andy - why do people have to be institutionalized before they get help? Do you think this is a favor? CCMH has turned people away who have went for help because, "they don't have that kind of capability." So people have to go to jail to get help? Get to the root of the problem for Christ sake. Don't just fund a Drug Task Force, fund a treatment center too. Some people don't see the addicts side of it. It's sad someone has to go to Olean, Bradford, Erie, or elsewhere for help. Yes, you recognize there is a problem, but People NEED help. When they ask for it, give it to them. Charles Cole needs an addition built specifically for substance-abuse if the drug problem in Potter County is as bad as it is being made out to be.

Anonymous said...

How and why is that a question for Andy??

As the DA his job is to enforce the law. His hands are tied as to who gets grants for a treatment center. The DA's office has nothing to do with that.

As for getting to the root of the problem, have you missed articles about the DA's efforts to bring forward a drug court?! This would address people with drug issues on a much different level than if they were among other criminals.

I understand your question, but he has nothing to do with who CCMH turns away.

He does have an obligation to get drugs off the streets and before you judge his efforts in helping rather than prosecuting pay attention to what else is going on in your community. You would be surprised at his efforts and Law Enforcements efforts to help rather than just convict.

Asking Andy why grants don't go to a treatment center is like asking the Steelers why the Pirates lost a game. They have nothing to do with one another....

Anonymous said...

I'm sure if BDAP wasn't so difficult to deal with more D&A centers would open up, but the regs kill most interest in doing so in the very early stages. If you want change, you need to vote in people who care about the people, not people who care about big business.

Anonymous said...

1:09 nice try! Ask the many that live in Austin and gave up after many,many years of trying just to be shot down! That is why Austin is in such horrible shape!

Anonymous said...

Austin wouldn't be in such bad shape if they'd quit letting all the imports in. The ones from Roulette, Emporium , Port & the Beloved Coudersport come into Austin and bring their shit with them.. Austin wouldn't be 1/2 bad if they'd quit letting all them in.

Anonymous said...

Don't like "imports"? Then put up a dang fence and check ID when one comes and goes into and out of Austin.

Anonymous said...

"It's sad someone has to go to Olean, Bradford, Erie, or elsewhere for help."

Thursday, March 15, 2012 6:44:00 PM EDT

Clearly you people are not very aware of the d&a treatment facilities in the area. There is a drug and alcohol treatment office in Coudy, Port Allegany, Emporuim, Kane, St Marys and Bradford. There is also an inpatient drug and alcohol center in Port Allegany as well. So there is plenty of help available for Potter County clients, but the communities don't know who or where to go to get the help. Get to know your community resources.

Anonymous said...

1:48 - clearly, someone should NEVER be turned away from a hospital when trying to get help. Maple Manor in Port is a halfway house. Joe can't just walk into the place and get treatment. Some people try - their hospital should be the last place that turns them down. If Potter County is serious then:
A: They should hire an Addiction Specialist. CCMH has a nice cancer center, but more people suffer from substance abuse in this area than cancer. God love those who do have to battle cancer, and that center is needed. But the DA, who is behind this movement, is suggesting that drug abuse is a huge part of society. People don't get arrested for cancer It's time something constructive is done.