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Dorchester shares drug enforcement equipment | Crime | The Press and Standard

by | March 24, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: March 22, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Leah Polk Reason, the Empowering Communities for a Healthy Outcome coordinator for the Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission, visited the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office March 8 bearing gifts. Reason explained that through the use of a grant, the commission purchased printed material needed for drug investigations, as well as equipment needed to safely handle and dispose of hypodermic needles. She explained that since Colleton and Dorchester counties share some of the street gangs who use drug sales for their livelihood, it was decided to share the equipment purchased through the grant money. Increased use of heron and opiates on the street, as well as the current trend of shooting up methamphetamine, has translated into law enforcement officers having to deal more and more with hypodermic needles. The new containers to be used in marked and unmarked sheriff’s office vehicles improve the ability of law enforcement to handle the needles. Shown during Reason’s visit are, left to right, Colleton County Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Director Ron Rickenbaker, Sgt. Brian Varnadoe, Reason, Lt. Ruben Carter and Sgt. Philip Roberson.

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