In the news: Fusion Center marks 10-year anniversary

“…an array of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies as well as private sector partners now share information, resources and expertise…”

Big smiles & photo ops:

The West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center honored for tenth anniversary

Governor Justice wrote. “During the past decade, the Fusion Center has been nationally recognized countless times for its accomplishments.”

Looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions for the two news items above.

Fusion Center partners, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security are still unable to keep heroin-trafficking cartels from moving product into local communities.

Meth:

Dec 2, 2017

Meth-related overdose deaths hit record number in WV

“…crystal meth from Mexico has become the preferred choice among users.”

“We’re seeing a lot more meth, and it’s a different kind of meth than we were seeing five or six years ago,” Gupta said. “There’s a push from the cartels to get these drugs out there.”

 

Meth use surging locally, nationally

“The new streams bring in a higher-grade, more expensive crystal meth driven by cartel activity through Mexico, Johnson said, citing Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports, along with greater pushes by organized crime to sell heroin and fentanyl across the country.”

 

Heroin:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

WHY WEST VIRGINIA’S HEROIN OVERDOSE RATE DOUBLED AFTER IT MANDATED DOCTORS USE THE STATE DRUG-MONITORING DATABASE

“After West Virginia required doctors to use its database, overdoses from heroin among 18- to 34-year-olds actually went up, more than doubling in just three years.”

 

Heroin Highway: Part 4 – West Virginia, a ‘sun up to sundown battle’

The governor, who is leading a statewide fight to save lives from the deadly drug, told us, “We have cracked down on pill mills, on the illegal use of prescription drugs, but what that has gone to now is the street drugs. Heroin.”

 

NBC News video: Heroin epidemic takes over West Virginia town

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