Sullivan DA announces crackdown on opioid abuse

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MONTICELLO – Sullivan County, with its population of some 78,000 had 15 opioid drug overdoses in January, three of them fatal.

Sullivan Opioid Task Force Chairwoman Wendy Brown said the county needs a unified approach to the epidemic that is plaguing not only her county but the nation as a whole.

District Attorney Meagan Galligan is taking the bull by the horns.

“What I am looking to do at the district attorney’s office is to reallocate the recourses of my office. We have been focusing on various aspects of crime through Sullivan County over the past five years or so, but it’s time to focus on opiates and how we do that, in my opinion, is dedicating an entire district attorney’s investigator to the opioid epidemic, to coordinating with Sullivan County’s law enforcement officials to do undercover buys and arrests of distributors of this substance,” she said.

The supply of the killer drugs, including fentanyl, is increasing across the state, and that is making the crisis situation that much more difficult to handle, Galligan said.