Local police launch new effort to crack down on heroin suppliers - KMOV.com

Local police launch new effort to crack down on heroin suppliers

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Local law enforcement agencies are taking a new approach to combat fatal heroin overdoses by treating the drug-related deaths as crimes and holding drug suppliers accountable. 

"Anytime there's an overdose death, an opiate overdose death, it is ruled as an accidental death. We're approaching it as a homicide, until we can prove otherwise," said Sgt. Scott Reed, commander of the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crime Enforcement Unit.

The DEA brought together police departments from St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County and Franklin County to form the heroin initiative.

Investigators are currently looking into seven recent overdoses in Franklin County with the goal of identifying the suppliers and filing charges against them.

The initiative also seeks to activate the Major Case Squad whenever there is a rash of overdoses in the area.

Chad Sabora is the co-founder of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery. He said he supports the new effort by law enforcement, but stresses that it has to be part of an overall strategy. 

"I think it's more crucial right now and more important to get these kids from ever picking up and get the ones that are using, clean, so they don't die in active addiction," said Sabora.

If you're an addict who wants to get help, you can call:

844-44-DETOX or 314-212-3472. Or click here for more information.

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