Community Forum On Drugs

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Drugs are nothing new to Region Eight, but often times the only one's paying attention to the problem are those paid to do so.

"There's always been some people in the community who have been concerned about it, but as a whole, they let the police handle that. They don't want to get involved, and that's normal," said Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann.

Therefore Jonesboro attorney Skip Mooney Junior says it's time to educate the community.

"If the leaders and a lot of the people don't even understand the problem, then how can you possibly solve the problem," said Mooney.

He says Jonesboro's drug problem was brought to his attention after several people recently overdosed on heroin.

"I got extremely upset that that had occured, and I started wondering why something like this would occur in Jonesboro," said Mooney.

The reality, however, this kind of activity is happening all the time, and the jails are full of those participating in drug activity.

"The prisons in Arkansas are full. The jails are backed up, and it's just...there's no end to it," said McCann.

But Mooney hopes a plan to bring in residents will be the start of at least attention being put in the right place.

"Let's have a community meeting. Let's try to identify what the real issues are," said Mooney.

He hopes that by identifying the issues, we can put the brakes on a neverending problem.

The community forum will be held Thursday, July 31st at 6:00 p.m. in the Huntington Building on Monroe Street in Jonesboro.

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