Editorial — It will take a community to fight the heroin problem

Date Published: 
Oct. 13, 2017

Like nearly every corner of America, we have been hit hard by the heroin epidemic.

Young, old, wealthy, poor, male, female, black or white — heroin has come for every demographic we have, and left a trail of tears, broken hearts, crime and death in its wake. So, how do we combat it?

Well, many people who are informed on the subject believe that the rise in heroin’s popularity goes hand in hand with the prescription drug abuse terror that swept the nation a few years ago (and hasn’t really left, if you talk to law enforcement, as much as it has slowed).

People got prescribed pills to help manage pain, became addicted to the pills and searched for another outlet when new laws made it more difficult, and expensive, to get more pills. Somehow, heroin came in to fill the void.

“Heroin’s cheap, and it’s everywhere,” said Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins.

Well, that’s terrifying. Fortunately, for our community, the problem is getting the proper attention. Collins spoke at a Sept. 28 event at Salem United Methodist Church. The event was a public forum to help educate the public as to the problem, and to allow members of the public to share their concerns with police. On the next day, Delaware State Police led an event at Millville Town Hall, hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker and Rep. Ron Gray.

This heroin problem is not going away tomorrow, and if it did, it would be replaced by another just as quickly. We need to see more events like these to bring people and officials together, and find solutions to pull out this problem from the root.