Heroin concerns addressed at council meeting [UPDATED]Published 10:48am Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Updated 12:49pm Tuesday, October 16, 2012
In an open forum session at the city council meeting Monday night, Fergus Falls resident Denise Mauer asked about a possible heroin problem in the area.
Mauer said she had heard reports of two young people dying due to overdosing on heroin recently and wanted to know if the police were doing anything to address the issue.
Chief of public safety Kile Bergren said the deaths have not been confirmed as heroin related, but heroin has become more prevalent not only here, but nationwide. There are a lot of rumors, and there is a lot of misinformation regarding heroin in Fergus Falls, but the city is approaching the issue from within the school with the school resource officer and from an enforcement standpoint outside the school.
“Our efforts aren’t only on heroin,” he said. “It’s on heroin and all other drugs.”
Drugs typically go in cycles. In the 1980s and 1990s, cocaine was popular. In the late 1990s and into the 2000s, methamphetamine became used more. Today, prescription painkillers are popular, and it’s common to see a transition from painkillers to heroin because of their similar effects, Bergren said.