Green Bay Police Tackle Heroin Problem
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GREEN BAY, WI --Green Bay Police charge five people in connection with a heroin death. Three people are facing charges in the death of 26-year-old Matthew Odea on February 25th.Two others face drug delivery charges related to the case.
Green Bay Police say they know heroin is a problem in the community and they are in the preliminary stages of forming a task force made up of other law enforcement agencies and private entities, like hospitals, to get heroin off the streets.
111 South Platten Street is the apartment complex where Green Bay Police say Matthew Odea overdosed. His live in girlfriend, Rachel Bartell is the one who called police.
Green bay police say this is second heroin overdose death in Brown County this year. Last year there were 12.
"It's alarming because a couple of years ago heroin wasn't as prevalent as it is today," said Lt Kevin Warych with the Green Bay Police Department says it appears there's an influx of heroin into Green Bay.
"That is the reason why we are in the pre-planning stages of forming this task force to curb this from re-occuring or from growing" said Lt. Warych.
Leaders at Libertas Treatment Center in Green Bay say a necessary step to stop the heroin problem is getting addicts the help they need.
"People can recover from substance abuse, they need support of friends family and sometimes professional help" said clinical supervisor at LIbertas, Tom Ritchie.
Police say as the task force is formed they'll remain vigilant.
"We have officers on the streets looking for any possible violations and trying to get these people off the streets to make the community that much safer," said Lt. Warych.
Green Bay Police stress that because the task force is in the pre-planning stages, there's no set timeline for when we can expect it to be formed.