DTF seeks help combating drug problems

Published 11:37 am Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force is asking for the public’s help in combating drug problems in Covington County, and is suggesting two ways to do that.

In a press release circulated to local media Wednesday morning, the DTF said local residents can help by reporting illegal drug activity.

“The Drug Task Force is asking the public to call if they see or know of any illegal drug activity,” the statement read. “If desired, the call can be anonymous. Callers are only asked for names and numbers if they are willing to give out that information.”

Callers are asked to dial (334) 222-3532, and ask for “Mrs. Johnson.” The calls can be placed anonymously if needed, and will be answered between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The second way the public is being asked to help is by properly disposing of old or unneeded prescription medications.

“ When prescription medication is taken by someone who doesn’t have a prescription for the medication, then it becomes illegal,” the statement said. “Prescription drug abuse continues to be the nation’s fastest growing drug problem, according to a new report by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“The idea that prescription pills are safe drugs is completely false. Prescription medication can be just as addicting as meth, heroin, or cocaine,” it said.

Those with unwanted medications can contact the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, which will incinerate any prescription medication that the public no longer needs. For information on this process, call Mrs. Johnson at the Drug Task Force (334) 222-3532, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., or leave a detailed message on the answering machine.

According to DTF statistics, in the last 12 months, the task force has arrested more than 340 people on illegal drug charges and shut down more than 25 meth labs within Covington County.