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West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis

Fox News

People expect to see the Army National Guard during disasters.

In Huntington, W.V., the guard has been called in to help tackle the opioid crisis – which the governor has called a disaster.

“We have to stop this terrible drug epidemic,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said. “We have to. If we don’t, it will cannibalize us.”  

Huntington has been called the overdose capital of American – with double the national average of overdoses, due in part to the decline of the coal industry, a lack of jobs and the easy availability of the drugs. And law enforcement is stretched thin.

“I don’t think there is a police department in America that has all the resources they need,” Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial said. “It is a complex problem and it needed a complex solution.”

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The guard is flying its Lakota helicopters on reconnaissance missions in coordination with local police, providing eyes in the sky during busts and while serving warrants.

But its primary role is technical and analytical support.

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Guardsman, who asked not to be identified, are manning hotlines and working on computers inside Huntington Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, helping track down dealers and drug networks so cops can focus on the street.

On Wednesday, the guard answered a call that led to the bust of an alleged dealer and the recovery of 430 grams of fentanyl, far more powerful than heroin, with a street value of $86,000.

“We are solving a problem in our country,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, a West Virginia National Guard commander. “And, at the same time, making sure we have the highest level of readiness to respond to something else that may be out there, somewhere else in the world.”

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.V., said this drastic step is needed to make a dent in the raging opioid crisis.

“We have people’s lives at risk,” Jenkins said. “We have horrifically  lost way too many lives as result. It is a bold action but, you know what, we need to take action and we are doing that…”

There will not be Humvees blocking roads or soldiers on the street corners with long guns. But the guard could be deployed in this state for years – funded by the state – as long as cops say they need help.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/02/09/west-virginia-calls-in-national-guard-to-tackle-opioid-crisis.html

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12 Responses to West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis

  1. wv.citybilly says:

    shaking my head

  2. KOYOTE says:

    JUST ANY EXCUSE TO JUSTIFY SEARCHING THROUGH YOUR SHIT WITH A PHONY ASS “WARRANTS”
    USING AN ILLEGAL MILITARY NO LESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Guardsman, who asked not to be identified, are manning hotlines and working on computers inside Huntington Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, helping track down dealers and drug networks…”

    So… what happens when they find out that all roads lead back to D.C.???

  4. H D says:

    I can fix this, put there asses in Afghanistan give them a gun and let’s them fight for the popie plot let see who win junkies are the taiban

    • jim wiltse says:

      No doubt who wins there…our corrupt Government…that is worse than any Taliban or Junkie…and they already have guns…

  5. Peter says:

    The Crown and the Vatican want their cut too and the black market gets even blacker from the street level paying back the lenders and financers of the entire trade….at interest of course.

  6. jim wiltse says:

    This is our Police State Moment…this phony Opiate crisis is just a way for Jeff Sessions to get at the States that legalized Marijuana and erode what’s left of our “Freedom…this is not supposed to go on in America…it’s not supposed to go on…George Washington would start a revolution…what will you do…?

  7. Zerbe says:

    My opinion is that this is the deathknell to our culture. Personally I have had my life impacted with an overdose death. A young man in the prime of his life one I would never have suspected had an opioid addiction’s. On his way to becoming a medical professional. With the loss of this bright and intelligent Strader of our society we are doomed . Let’s Educate our young people and cease demonizing and penalizing the ones who fall prey to this predicament

    • mary in ND says:

      sorry about that young man…..the ‘government’ (legal drug pushers) are the ones I demonize and would just love to penalize

  8. Katie says:

    “On his way to becoming a medical professional.”

    The medical profession is the place many folks become addicted as they are prescribed by doctors.

    He had easy access to them.

    Sorry to hear of your loss.

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