New program targets heroin dealers

Posted at 2:19 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 20:42:48-05

CINCINNATI – Officials are hoping a new program will help fight the heroin epidemic in Hamilton County.

The program, called “Not in My Neighborhood,” aims to get residents’ attention with bumper stickers, posters and business cards to help get heroin dealers off the streets.

The posters include a number for an anonymous tip line people can call to report heroin dealers: 352-DOPE.

"We need the public to get involved,” Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan said. “When the public gets involved it empowers law enforcement and all of our neighborhoods to take a stand and tell those who use heroin, ‘Not in my neighborhood.’”

The program is also handing out cards with the number to those who have been revived after a heroin overdose.

At Joseph House, which aides the homeless, former heroin users were hopeful the program will make an impact.

"It's going to take the whole community to rise up against this drug," Britton Carter said.

Carter said he thought it was "a great idea to have all our community involved and to let the addict know: we're here to help you."

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