Illegal drug use in Logan County is something First District Magistrate Dickie Carter is serious about. Although he has no law enforcement background, he has spent countless hours in state penitentiaries through a prison ministry. He says he sees the effects of drug abuse everywhere.
The prisons are full of those who have problems with drugs, and Logan County is not immune, he says.
During the Tuesday, Feb. 14th meeting of the fiscal court, Carter mentioned the problem during post agenda. This is not the first time he has brought up drug abuse in Logan County during the meetings. He has no answers or solutions, but he has plenty of drive to want to see something done to stop the increasing number of drugs coming into Logan County.
“I don’t have the answers,” said Carter, “But saying this is going on all over the place is not an answer either.”
Carter said he isn’t trying to put down the law enforcement in Logan County nor the drug task force, however, what is being done is not enough he says.
“It’s getting worse. The Logan County Jail is full of people who are on drugs, or sell drugs. It is a huge problem we all have to face. It’s under my watch. It’s under all of our watch,” said Carter. “We need to work on it together. What we are doing now isn’t working.”
Sheriff Wallace Whittaker agreed with Carter about the drug problems in Logan County. He said his department is doing all it can with the short staff it has. Whittaker commended the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force for the job it does, saying, “They work very hard to stop illegal drug activity. But it’s not just here in Logan County.”
Whittaker said if Carter had any suggestions he would love to meet with him on it. Carter told the sheriff Tuesday he was the educated one and is supposed to know what to do.
“Drug abuse affects every family in Logan County one way or another, and if it’s not, you are blessed,” Carter said. “We’ve got people in Logan County going to drug rehabs and people dying of drug overdoses. It’s only going to get worse.”
Starting with educating our kids could help, Carter said. Sheriff Whittaker noted there are school resource officers at the schools that do just that.
“I was at a conference last week and everyone was saying they had a drug problem in their communities as well. This problem is costing the taxpayers a lot of money having to house those who get caught. But more importantly, it’s causing lives to be lost. It’s a sad situation. We need to put our heads together and work on it.”
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