In the face of a nationwide heroin epidemic 7 ON YOUR SIDE spent weeks investigating a section of interstates in our area that local police are calling the heroin highway.
The area begins in Baltimore, a decades old heroin stronghold, and travels along Interstate 70 through Hagerstown, Maryland to Interstate 81 into Martinsburg, West Virginia and then on into Virginia where we stopped in Winchester.
During our coverage the single loudest cry 7 ON YOUR SIDE heard was a need for more treatment options for those addicted to the deadly drug. Many families talked about their desperate need for advice in the fevered effort to help their loved ones.
This Friday, 7 ON YOUR SIDE brings the experts to you as Fighting Back Against Crime investigator, Jennifer Donelan, hosts a two hour phone bank during our evening newscasts staffed with treatment counselors from across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Parents of young adults who died due to heroin overdoses will also answer phones. All calls are private and will not be televised. Agents with the Washington Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will also be on hand for tips about crimes related to the scourge of prescription pain pill and heroin abuse. The Washington Field Division of the DEA covers DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Here are the details:
Friday, February 19th
The phone lines will open at 4:30 p.m. and close at 6:30 p.m.
The number to call will be 703-236-9220
ALL CALLS ARE PRIVATE
Take this opportunity to reach those who can help direct you if you know or suspect someone is abusing prescription pain pills or heroin or is suffering from addiction.
If you have tip about a situation in your neighborhood or community that could help police in the fight against drugs, call in and speak with the DEA. Again, you can remain anonymous.