Kevin KilleenBy Kevin Killeen

MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOX) – St. Louis Police participated in the heroin summit in Madison County, Illinois — facing criticism that the city has become a hotbed of heroin dealing that is flooding the region with the drug.

Just ahead of the closed-door meeting, Captain Mary Warnecke Director of Special Operations for St. Louis Police, was asked about the perception that the City is the problem.

“A lot of these folks have started on prescription painkillers. There are reasons why they are reaching out for illegal drugs and I think that’s the root of the problem and I think that’s what we need to look at,” says Warnecke.

The summit also included representatives of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and local drug treatment experts. Results of the meeting will be outlined at a public hearing scheduled for next Friday, March 7 at the Madison County Board chambers.



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