A Connecticut town’s fight against heroin

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ENFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Heroin is becoming a state-wide plague according to Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza. He says it’s a top priority to take as many drug dealers off the streets as possible, because this year alone there have been 12 deaths and 35 near-deaths, all from heroin.

Chief Sferrazza says most addicts start with doctor prescribed Oxycodone of legitimate medical reasons. “When the doctor says no more you’re kind of dependent on that and you need that same type of thing. If you’re going to go on the street and buy Oxycodone pills, you can pay $10 a pill or you could try this bag of heroin for $3 to $5 which seems manageable gives you the opiate high you are seeking.”

He says one bag a day turns into two, then four, and it become a slippery slope. Very expensive, very hard to stop, and the costs couldn’t be any higher.

“To the families that lose a loved one, to the violence associated with the drug trade, and again people who don’t have criminal tendencies they get drawn into this,” Sferrazza explains.

And when you look at the young faces, the old faces, the first-time offenders, the chief says heroin doesn’t discriminate, and that’s why the department put everything they had into a year-long sting.

“And we have actually had some parents say you know thanks for arresting my son, because we were worried we were just going to get a call one night that he O.D.,” Sferrazza added.

The chief says taking 50 drug dealers off the streets is a good start, but he says in the snap of the finger they’ll be replaced they are going with laser-point precision and focus into the next year to make sure they can keep the hair one away from Enfield.

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