Agencies teaming up to fight drug crimes

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

It's a problem that seems to have been growing rapidly over the past few years.

"The drug problem is a serious problem, very serious problem," said Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Clark.

"I would say 60% of the people we deal with, if not more, have a problem with drugs," said Paintsville Police Officer Jerry Wiley.

But now, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and Paintsville Police Department are teaming up to fight the so-called epidemic.

"We all kind of intertwine, work together, share information, and it's worked so far," said Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price.

They say the partnership has really helped lower the number of complaints they are receiving.

"It used to be ten. We'd run into ten arrests in a week. Now we're down to two, three," said Price.

Officials in Johnson County say the biggest problem seems to be prescription drug use.

Now they have started a program in schools to help educate students about drugs.

"I think that's where we need to start is with education with the kids and stuff because the way things are going, if it continues in this direction, it's going to be really bad," said Clark.

They say they are also conducting round-ups, and they have help from the community.

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