Sheriff Jeff Easter says drugs may have played a role in the most recent deputy-involved shooting.
Drugs were a major theme in his address to the public Wednesday afternoon.
“Drugs is driving most of the crime in this county period,” said Easter.
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“I truly believe that illicit drug use that causes people to make really bad decisions,” he explains.
Trisha Darland, Director of Crisis and Outpatient Services at Comcare, agrees.
“Unfortunately, those decisions do not turn out to well,” she says.
What Darland and Sheriff Easter have in common is they both work for the county and they both see the damage caused by certain drugs.
“We are seeing the intensity an the acuity of the of the people we are dealing with is much, much higher than even two or three years ago,” says Darland.
“It’s just driving our crime rates,” Sheriff Easter says.
“I would agee 100 percent,” Daland adds.
She is surrounded by users and abusers on a daily basis.
“A lot more people are using methamphetamines which can cause its own psychotic process,” she explains.
Easter says drugs like those have an immediate impact on families and the community.
“We also seeing the backside of it because that type of environment that they put themselves in we’re then seeing violent crime arise out of it,” he says.
“They may be violent or aggressive, may not even be able to be oriented to who they are. They believe they are Jesus or an angel or the devil,” Darland continues.
Darland is happy to know the sheriff used the podium Wednesday to continue a conversation that needs to be heard. She says it really all boils down to one thing, helping people get clean
“The bottom line is that people really don’t want to live this way,” she says.
Darland tells KSN that recently there has been funding to hire two county consultants to raise more awareness about drug abuse in Sedgwick County.