Statement from the Long Beach Police Commissioner [RE: Heroin Epidemic]

Over the weekend, two young Long Beach residents tragically passed away. While an investigation is underway and toxicology reports are not yet available, we have lost several young people in the past few years.

Our police department is taking this issue seriously and combating it head on with a three-pronged approach that focuses on prevention, redirection, and enforcement. In addition to being in contact with police agencies throughout the region to prevent drugs from even getting into the City, the Long Beach Police Department will be partnering up with the Long Beach School District and various community organizations to educate children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Beginning next month, we will be hosting community forums and offering counseling sessions.

We encourage parents to talk to their children about how important it is to stay away from drugs, and we want to do everything we can, as a City, to help prevent this from happening again.

More information will be posted about our upcoming substance abuse programs on our website and social media pages in the coming weeks.

– Police Commissioner Michael Tangney

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2 thoughts on “Statement from the Long Beach Police Commissioner [RE: Heroin Epidemic]”

  1. So many residents cheered when the LBMC Methadone Clinic and Counseling Center were permanently closed after Sandy. Did you really think the addicts were just going to get up and move out of “our backyard?” Even if these folks wanted to quit, there’s no help left here for them. But hey, we do have a tattoo parlor and expanded bars opening up.

  2. That’s a good point, Bob.

    Addiction is a disease. That doesn’t absolve those addicted (whether it be to drinking or drugs). It means their dependency must be treated.

    People cheered when it was closed because it’s hard for them to admit that addiction spans race, gender and age and is a problem that must be treated. Removing the place where addicts can get help means that people don’t have to face the fact that their are addicts of all sorts in their community on a regular basis.

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