GEORGETOWN, Del.- It has been called an epidemic by government and community leaders across the nation. Opiate drugs like heroin have taken lives and pushed others into a cycle of addiction. Now one group is trying to help, and is spreading its reach to central Sussex County.
The group, which is called the Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition, has worked primarily in communities in western Sussex. Now the group is starting a chapter in Georgetown.
"We want to take back our streets and our neighborhoods," said Jeffrey Benson of SCAPC. "You know we won't stand for allowing this to plague us any longer."
Benson said that neighbors in central Sussex requested that the group come to the area to deal with the growing problem. The first meeting of the Georgetown chapter was scheduled for Tuesday night at 6 o'clock at the Georgetown Public Library.
Georgetown Police Chief R.L. Hughes said there have been 75 drug-related incidents in the community, including overdoses. Hughes said that a group like SCAPC could help with this problem.
"We cannot do this alone," he said. "I think in the past, we've and too many groups where - perhaps the rehabilitation and the addiction services folks were working in one spot, the police in another spot, and some other community group in another spot. But by doing this, and coming together, we can focus our resources and I think create a better opportunity to be successful."
Hughes said that the most common crime in the Georgetown area was shoplifting. However, Hughes said that this is partially connected to drugs, as many of these thefts are to finance addictions.