WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Investigators say Washington Parish is not immune to the heroin epidemic sweeping the nation and our state. Just this month, three people have died there from overdoses. We're told several others also overdosed but survived thanks to first responders administering the opioid antidote Narcan.
"The sheriff is very, very concerned, and the sheriff wants to really encourage the people of Washington Parish to step up and to do whatever is necessary to help stem this tide of drug abuse and drug deaths," said Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley.
The Washington Parish Sheriff believes one of the primary reasons for drug use is the breakdown of many American families.
"He really believes in his heart that much of the problems we have with the drugs throughout our nation and our parish stem back from a lack of a stable family environment for folks to grow up in so, he is encouraging dads to be dads and moms to be moms," said Haley.
Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office announced that with the help of the DEA and other agencies they were able to arrest 14 suspected drug dealers. Haley says they're doing what they can to take dealers off the street, but he says it's frustrating.
"We're arresting folks, we're putting them in jail, they're making bond, getting out of jail and apparently going right back to their trade. There's so much money in it for them," said Haley.