Counties to get help with drug enforcement
Director of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, has announced the designation of Adams and Scioto counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. The designation will enable the counties to receive Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts working to reduce drug use. Adams and Scioto Counties will join 11 other Ohio counties as part of the Ohio HIDTA.
A threat analysis reveals the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs as one of the primary drug threats impacting public health and safety in Adams and Scioto Counties. The Ohio Department of Health reported in 2010 that 9.7 million doses of opiates were dispensed in Scioto County.
Created by Congress in 1988, the HIDTA program provides assistance to Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions of the United States.