Good evening -
There have been reports the last week about heroin in Shakopee. Heroin is a drug that is not only a Shakopee problem but has very quickly come up metro-wide. I spoke with Police Chief Jeff Tate he says changes have been made in the manufacturing of prescription drugs that make them difficult to smoke. Consequently, heroin has come on the scene as a cheap alternative. The Metro has heroin of very high purity that is extremely addictive. Here is what we’re doing:
- Shakopee is part of the Meth Task Force that has now turned it’s focus to heroin. They work to educate students and get information out to the public.
- Shakopee PD works with the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force where we have an officer assigned full time.
- Shakopee PD street crimes unit is focusing on known heroin users and working with the DEA and ICE on trafficking cases.
- Chief Tate and the Scott County Attorney are working with judges on the best treatment options for heroin-related offenses.
- Shakopee Officers who work in the schools are making presentations to students to create awareness.
It sounds simple, but please talk to your kids about drugs and pay attention to what is going on in their lives. We don’t want more heartbreaking stories of youth burglarizing and star athletes stealing from family.
If you or a family member needs to find help or talk to someone call 1.800.662.HELP (4357) or click here for the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.