Drug Use on the Rise in Spooner

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Drug crimes are a trend that is on the rise according to Spooner Police.

The number of hours that officers spend on drug cases has doubled according to Spooner’s drug crime data.

In 2013 officers logged 320 hours on drug cases.

Last year it increased to 726 hours.

The department’s chief says they’re seeing an increase in people injecting methamphetamine.

Used needles lying around parks or homes where children might be is a major concern.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in burglaries and thefts and property crimes, things like that,” Spooner Police Chief Jerry Christmas said. “That is another problem that comes along with the drug issue.”

In hopes of combating the issue and preventing the spread of blood borne pathogens police are asking the community to call if they see used needles or any drug related activities taking place.

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