WAVE 3 Editorial - January 10, 2013: Fighting Crime
By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager
Crime decreased overall by 9 percent in Louisville in 2012, but serious assaults were up 9 percent and homicides increased as well.
The skyrocketing heroin problem that now has a tight grip in the community has contributed to the violence. There were 700 people arrested in 2012 for heroin, compared to just 32 four years ago.
About 2,000 inmates are in the county jail daily and 80percent of them have substance abuse issues.
Addiction problems have always been with us, whether it was the crack cocaine surge in the late 80's and early 90's or the prescription drugs epidemic that predated the current heroin plague.
Whether it is Louisville or any other city in our region, if we meaningfully address the drug and drug trafficking problem, crime will plummet.
There are no easy solutions here but hats off to The Healing Place that has made some inroads in the fight in Louisville and the surrounding areas and saved millions of taxpayer dollars in the process.
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