St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces Operation Intervention
Objective of Operation Intervention:
The objective of Operation Intervention was to help people who were not able to help themselves. An arrest is an intervention for someone who is not thinking clearly and is addicted to these substances.
These arrests will help each and every person with his or her battle with addiction. It is our hope they will take advantage of the programs which are in place to help them with their situation. The process for living drug free is a struggle for many people, but it not only affects them it also affects their families. So many families from all walks of life struggle with loved ones who are fighting to stay sober. This operation was conducted so those who can't take the first step to sober living will be forced to get clean and reclaim their lives to rejoin their families and friends.
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is committed to identifying, targeting and helping members of our community and their families to deal with the issues of drug addiction.
If you or family members are in need of assistance, do not ignore the problem or wait. Time is not on your side when dealing with addiction. We have put together a pamphlet which will help you and your family members to obtain the resources and support needed for their addiction.
Here is the statement of St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara regarding "Operation Intervention:"
TWO WEEKS AGO, IN FRONT OF THE ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, WE HELD OUR FIRST EVER NOPE (NARCOTICS OVERDOSE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION) CANDLELIGHT VIGIL.
AT THAT VIGIL, BRUCE AND ANN KINKADE SHARED THEIR HEARTBREAKING STORY OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, JACLYN, WHO BECAME ADDICTED TO OXYCODONE AND FELL INTO A SPIRAL OF DESPAIR UNTIL HER UNTIMELY DEATH ON JULY 4, 2010 AT THE AGE OF 23. SADLY, JACLYN IS ONLY ONE OF 75 WHO HAVE DIED SO FAR THIS YEAR ON THE TREASURE COAST AS A RESULT OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSES.
IN 2009, 101 PEOPLE DIED ON THE TREASURE COAST AS A RESULT OF OVERDOSE DEATHS. AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM, NOT ONLY FOR OUR AREA, BUT ALSO THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND OUR NATION.
AS THAT VIGIL WAS TAKING PLACE, THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE UNIT OF THE ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS IDENTIFYING PRESCRIPTION DRUG DEALERS IN OUR COMMUNITY.…..MANY WERE ORDINARY PEOPLE, WHO THROUGH THEIR OWN ADDICTION TO THESE VERY POTENT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, DECIDED TO SELL THEM FOR MONEY TO FURTHER FUEL THEIR OWN ADDICTION.
THE PRIMARY DRUGS TARGETED WERE OXYCODONE/ROXICODONE WHICH ARE MORE COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS "BLUES." THESE DRUGS BY FAR ARE THE MOST ABUSED AND ADDICTIVE DRUGS WHICH ARE OUT THERE TODAY.
MANY PEOPLE THINK THAT BECAUSE A PHYSICIAN PRESCRIBES THESE DRUGS TO YOU, THEY MUST BE SAFE. THIS IS NORMALLY TRUE WHEN THESE PRESCRIPTIONS ARE TAKEN PROPERLY. HOWEVER, TENDENCIES FOR ABUSE OF THESE PRESCRIPTIONS ARE VERY HIGH. AFTER MONITORING A GROWING TREND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND ST. LUCIE COUNTY, PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSES ARE UP BY 3 PERCENT.
THIS TWO MONTH OPERATION CALLED “OPERATION INTERVENTION” IDENTIFIED 77 INDIVIDUALS. AS OF THIS MORNING, 67 HAVE BEEN ARRESTED. A TOTAL OF 2800 PILLS AND TWO POUNDS OF MARIJUANA WERE SEIZED.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS OPERATION WAS NOT ONLY TO ARREST THESE INDIVIDUALS BUT TO INTERVENE IN THEIR LIVES WHEN THEY ARE NOT THINKING CLEARLY AND ADDICTED TO THESE DRUGS. THESE ARRESTS WILL HELP EACH AND EVERY PERSON WITH HIS OR HER BATTLE WITH ADDICTION AND HOPEFULLY, PREVENT A DEATH LIKE THOSE WE ARE COMMONLY SEEING AS A RESULT OF SUCH ADDICTIONS.
OUR HOPE IS THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL NOW TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PROGRAMS WHICH ARE IN PLACE TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR ADDICTION. THE PROCESS FOR LIVING DRUG-FREE IS A STRUGGLE FOR MANY PEOPLE, AND IT NOT ONLY AFFECTS THEM BUT ALL OF THEIR LOVED ONES.
THIS OPERATION WAS CONDUCTED SO THOSE WHO CAN’T TAKE THE FIRST STEP TO SOBER LIVING WILL BE FORCED TO GET CLEAN AND ONCE AGAIN BECOME THE PEOPLETHEY USED TO BE — A SON, A DAUGHTER, A FATHER, A MOTHER, A FRIEND.
THE ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REMAINS COMMITTED TO IDENTIFYING, TARGETING AND HELPING MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THEIR FAMILIES TO DEAL WITH THEIR ADDICTIONS TO THESE POWERFUL DRUGS. IF YOU OR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE, DO NOT IGNORE THE PROBLEM OR WAIT. WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A PAMPHLET WHICH WILL ASSIST YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS TO GAIN THE HELP AND SUPPORT NEEDED FOR YOUR ADDICTION.
IN ADDITION, OPERATION SAFE MEDICINE CABINET WILL BE THIS SATURDAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10 AM -2 PM, THE ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL BE RECEIVING YOUR OUTDATED OR NO LONGER NEEDED PRESCRITPION MEDICATION.
THIS 3-PRONG APPROACH IS TO IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP, OFFER THE HELP THEY NEED AND TO REMOVE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FROM EASY REACH.
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