Heroin Overdoses Down over Last Year in Jefferson City

4 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 02 2013 May 2, 2013 Thursday, May 02, 2013 9:54:00 AM CDT May 02, 2013 in News
By: Asger Mow
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Police here said Thursday they are making progress on the city's perceived heroin problem. Police report two cases of heroin overdoses in the first four months of 2013, compared to 16 in the same period of 2012.

"We like to attribute that to the effort and the education we have put to the public and the amount of arrests and heroin we have removed from the streets, making heroin more difficult to obtain in Jefferson City," said Sgt. Joe Matherne of the Jefferson City Police Department.

For the last year and a half, the police department said it has dedicated extra efforts to combat the heroin problem. That effort included an education plan called "Hope" that focused on the hazards of heroin.

In addition to educating the public, what police called an "aggressive" enforcement has been made to investigate reports of heroin and remove it from the streets.

"We find that heroin is a little more hard to get. It's a little more scarce. We have a little more difficult to buy it from the streets than in the past, and heroin dealers are a little scared to sell because we have aggressive tactics," said Matherne.

The report also shows more cases of heroin are being prosecuted, from five in 2012 to 29 in 2013. According to Matherne, that can be attributed to an increased number of arrests and effort to move cases through, which can take several months and therefore appear in this years statistics.

"I think the progress is very significant, which is why I commended our police officers for the work they do. Because here in the five years heroin overdoses have really picked up in Jefferson City and has been one of our major concerns," said Councilman Larry Henry, who is also a drug court administrator for Cole County and has previously worked as a juvenile drug liaison.

KOMU 8 News asked Henry what the council will do to insure that progress keeps being made on the issue.

"We need to continue to get the word out, to get the dialogue going, as police have done. To tell people how dangerous it is," said Henry "Because this is the future of parents and kids."

Sgt. Matherne also stressed the importance of the public providing information that helps police initiate and progress their investigations. Matherne acknowledged that the positive figures were not an insurance that the problem is gone.

"Trends could change the next week, and heroin could come back but we are ready to put an aggressive efforts back into it," said Matherne.

More News

Grid
List
GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found under a rural southeast... More >>
34 minutes ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 9:43:00 AM CST December 15, 2017 in News
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A homeless man who told police he dismembered his wife in a Missouri hotel room then... More >>
37 minutes ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 9:40:17 AM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The trial date for a man charged in connection with a 2002 rape case has been set for... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:33:00 AM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A Missouri basketball player and a former Mizzou student have teamed up to start a nonprofit aimed at... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:15:00 AM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is advocating for a full functioning Hyperloop to come to Missouri. After... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 3:32:00 AM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – More than 2,300 students will receive degrees from The University of Missouri this weekend, which means heavy traffic... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 2:20:00 AM CST December 15, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kevin Roy scored twice and John Gibson made 29 saves as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:20:39 PM CST December 14, 2017 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Iron Tiger Tattoo parlor in downtown Columbia mops its floors nearly three times a day. It didn’t use... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 9:56:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in Target 8
CAMDENTON - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources recommended an old manufacturer in Camdenton as a Superfund site. Money... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:30:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
VERSAILLES - Prosecutors filed charges against three employees of the Morgan County Jail on Monday, including a nurse accused of... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:50:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
FULTON - People who are preparing to travel for the holidays are automatically at risk for robberies, road issues, and... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:25:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The search for Missouri's next top education official has started. The State Board of Education... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:13:24 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
MOBERLY - Fire and law enforcement officers from three counties received radiological training Thursday at the Moberly Fire Department. ... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:09:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Here is the latest on a threat to Moberly Area Community College's Columbia campus: 8:11 a.m. Friday... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 5:00:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
UPDATE: Prosecutors have charged Monquail Williams with assault and domestic assault following Thursday's stabbings. Authorities took Williams into custody... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:47:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia has new aid in fighting snowy roads this with the help of its new... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:04:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY – One Missouri farmer is righting his wrong following a pig waste leakage into a nearby creek. ... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:45:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Authorities are investigating a Wednesday night shooting which injured a 19-year-old Jefferson City resident, police said in... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:37:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 37°
11am 40°
12pm 42°
1pm 42°
2pm 43°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:00a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld