Nearly all violent crime in Westmoreland County is drug-related, and it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, according to the county’s human services director.
The national epidemic of drug abuse should be treated as a public health issue rather than a crime problem, Dr. Dirk Matson said this week at a Central Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
In 12 years, the death rate from drug overdoses has nearly quadrupled, Matson said.
“The community needs to own the problem,” he said.
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