MADISON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – Madison County’s top lawman praises Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for increased efforts in fighting the Heroin epidemic.
But now, State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons is looking ahead to finding exactly what those efforts and resources will be. First and foremost, he says that treatment needs to be a long-term goal.
“Because of the extreme addictive nature of heroin and opiates, it is a long-term treatment that is required. You can’t put someone in for 30 days and say they’re going to be cured or they’re going to be relieved of the addiction. It is long-term: 6 months to a year, maybe longer,” says Gibbons.
Gibbons says a substantial commitment of resources is required to make sure those who want treatment to turn their lives around have the ability to get it.
“We need resources to treat those people who are already in the throes of the addiction. And law enforcement resources to stop the flow of heroin into the area. Across all of that spectrum, we need to address the problem of the supply and demand as well as the education to prevent people from getting into it in the first place,” he says.