Petersburg Pilot -

Dealing with addiction:

Local law enforcement and treatment

 

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Kelly Swihart

Editor's note: Part two of a two-part series

The idea of setting a tolerance when dealing with hard drugs and addiction in Petersburg might seem odd. But tackling the problems associated with drugs will take more than relying on law enforcement alone, it's a "systemic problem," according to local Police Chief Kelly Swihart.

"It really is a multifaceted issue that the community is going to have to put their foot down, set their level of tolerance and then be committed and follow through," he says. "The way our criminal justice system is set up, we are not going to be able to arrest everybod...



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