Watch: Prescription Drug Abuse Linked To Crime
Massena police chief Timmy Currier has organized a 'prescription drug misuse task force.'
Currier believes the abuse of painkillers like hydroconone is part of the reason the village's crime rate has jumped.
"We've seen a 132 percent increase in our most serious crimes over the last 16 years," said Currier.
"Those are burglaries, robberies, larcenies, all those property crimes that have increased significantly and can often be attributed to the illegal drug trade that's going on, including prescription drugs."
The National Institute On Drug Abuse concludes prescription drug abuse is "not a new problem, but one that deserves renewed attention." (See complete article here.)
The task force is working on ways to address the problem.
"This is not a problem we can arrest our way out of," said Currier. "We recognise that, and that's what the task force is working toward."
One idea: set up a 'drop box' for unwanted and unused prescription drugs at the Massena police department.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014, Watertown, NY
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