Police attention consumed by drug-related crime
The opioid crisis continues to ring up staggering costs around the country. First, there is the cost in terms of lives lost and the sheer heartbreak that surrounds each of those families in Springfield, Missouri. The most recent data shows that from 2012 – 2016, Springfield saw 171 deaths from opioids alone. (The 2017 and 2018 will likely trend even higher).
In addition to the human costs, the local police department has been slammed by ongoing drug investigations. The Commander of the Special Investigations Section (SIS) of the Springfield Police Department said they are spending a majority of their time combating heroin and meth in town.
Officers in the special unit work on fighting a variety of things such as prostitution, human trafficking, and uncovering violent felons. but the commander notes that. “All of those investigations lead them to drug activities.”
The commander also spoke about addiction in the area. The Springfield Police Department encourages people struggling with addiction to go to a local hospital where various treatment options are available.
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