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Drug use spike in St. Joseph causes concern in neighboring communities

In Andrew county, local sheriff's deputies tell us they're not seeing the rising trend in drug use like Buchanan county is, but given the close proximity they say it's something they want to keep a close eye on.

Posted: May 21, 2021 10:54 PM
Updated: May 24, 2021 11:22 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The unsettling trend of opioid use in st. Joseph has other area departments assessing their approach to fight drug use in their communities.

In Andrew county, local sheriff's deputies tell us they're not seeing the rising trend in drug use like Buchanan county is, but given the close proximity they say it's something they want to keep a close eye on.

"It is a concern for us," Capt. Josh Smith, chief deputy, Andrew Co. Sheriff's Dept. said.  "We've got some very proactive officers and I think that really helps in keeping [opioids] out of the hands of other people so that's a very good thing."

Sheriff's deputies said they've responded to five overdose calls in the county so far this year, they responded to a total of 15 last year.

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