A Pennsylvania Town Tries to Tackle Drug Problem
Prompted by concerns about drug dealers selling heroin and being so brazen as to offer it for free to teenagers, the Sewickley Township supervisors said they will study the feasibility of having local police coverage in the municipality, which relies on state police from the barracks near Greensburg.
Supervisor Wanda Layman, who is township coordinator, said she plans to contact Smithton and North Huntingdon to gather information about the possibility of contracting for part-time police services with those municipalities, including the cost and the number of hours those departments could provide police protection in Sewickley.
Local police protection is crucial because of the lag time in state police responding to an incident in Herminie. The fact that Herminie is in a rural area can draw some drug dealers. One of the drug dealers had offered a teenage girl heroin for free, an attempt police believes to get her hooked on the drug. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office said one drug overdose death occurred in Sewickley in 2011 and two in 2012.
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