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Community Group Takes on Growing Heroin Problem

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SEAFORD, De. - A community group in Seaford is taking action against the growing problem of heroin in their area. Pastor Dan Southern of the Seaford Church of God said he's seen the problem of heroin-use grow over the years. 

"I really feel that this is a major epidemic," he said. "And everyone needs to come together with this. Everybody in the community needs to come together on this." 

Most recently on Saturday October 25, Seaford police arrested 23-year old James Marks for possession of more than 4,000 bags of heroin, as well as four loaded semi-automatic handguns, 288.3 grams of marijuana and 91 pills of oxycodone. 

Southern said this is just the most recent illustration of the growing problem in his neighborhood. 

"We're seeing it on the front lines," he said. "And we fell like we need to take our community back." 

Seaford Police confirmed for WBOC that the city, like many in the county has seen an increase in heroin use. In response Southern said a coalition of community and faith leaders are taking action. On November 18, Southern's Church of God is linking up with the ACE Center and a group called "Shift Density" to bring down a New Castle County-based program called "Heroin Alert." 

The lecture is being hosted by Marie Allen, who lost a family member to heroin-use, and has since used her pain as motivation. Jim Martin from the ACE Center said that addiction does not just hurt the user, but their family and friends as well. 

"It's a lot of sadness and brokenness over this," he said. "People don't know what the first step is. What is the first yep when you have a son or a daughter that's impacted by heroin?" 

The Seaford meeting will take place at the Lighted Pathway Family Life Center in Seaford on Nov. 18 at 10:00a.m.

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