The areas top law enforcement officers team up to increase awareness of heroin and opioid abuse.
“Opioid addiction is not a problem we can prosecute our way out of,” US Attorney Richard Durbin said Tuesday.
He said jail won’t solve this epidemic.
In Bexar County alone in 2015, “there were 58 deaths from heroin overdose and there were 31 deaths from overdoses of prescription medications containing opiates or opioids,” he said.
It turns out, law enforcement officials said, heroin is easier to get than these prescriptions and heroin is much cheaper. DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph Arabit said you can find heroin for as cheap as $10, while one oxycodone tablet can cost as much as $30.
And the concern isn’t just with adults…kids are getting into opioids at a young age, so the push is for prevention.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said it takes a village to fight this.
“What’s uncomfortable is when we see wasted talent from our youth and from adults because they get hooked on these substances and then they never reached their God given potential,” he said.
On Monday, there’s a free screening of a documentary created by the DEA and the FBI, called “Chasing The Dragon: The Life of an Opioid Addict.” The film will be shown starting at 11am at the Region 20 Education Service Center. It’s free and open to the public. After the documentary, there’s a panel discussion.