IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Across the country and in Idaho, law enforcement is reporting an increase in drug cases and drug trafficking. In particular, they are seeing an increase in cases involving fentanyl. By working with the community and law enforcement, Governor Brad Little hopes to stem the flow of illegal drugs into Idaho.
As part of this effort, citizens are invited to attend a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 25 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Pocatello City Council Chambers.
This event is an opportunity for the public to express their expectations vis-à-vis the Governor’s Task Force and to propose possible solutions. The event will discuss the effects of fentanyl and other drugs on communities and trends observed by the public. The purpose of this meeting is to define the problem, educate the public and set the stage for future discussions.
Local officials from the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, Chubbuck Town Police Department, Health West, Portneuf Health Trust, Portneuf Medical Center, School District 25, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Center for Behavioral Crisis of Southeast Idaho, Southeast Idaho Public Health, and the ISU Kasiska Division of Health Science will be present to discuss the fight against illegal drugs.
Pocatello police have seen an increase in deaths, overdoses and drug arrests in the area.
“We’re definitely seeing an increase in drug use across the city, particularly around fentanyl, and we want to put ourselves forward before more people get hurt,” the police chief said. of Pocatello, Roger Schei. “This drug can be very dangerous and we want to get important information about its dangers to the community, to help save lives.”