BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio – (WDTN) Butler County deputies are taking a unique approach to curb the growing drug trend. The move comes at a time when heroin use is on the rise in Ohio.
The county launched a new awareness program encouraging people to turn in drug dealers in the form of a “tourism” video.
The video has received more than 50-thousand views but not everyone is happy about it.
Part of the PSA reads, “Attention Tri-State heroin dealers. Yes you. Come and enjoy our all-inclusive experience. “We’ve got welcoming parties, air shows, curbside service, complimentary bracelets, quality lodging and a helpful concierge staff.”
That audio is over video of the SWAT team in action, a person being cuffed and others being brought into the jail.
Officials say video is intended to promote the county’s new anonymous tip line.
While the PSA-style video has some people laughing, others are disappointed by it.
“I think it needs to be taken a little bit more serious. There are people out here dying from this.”
“Sheriff Jones is always trying to do something. They may laugh at it, but it makes a lot of sense.”
According to state health officials, heroin use has reached epidemic levels.
The Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services said heroin’s popularity is increasing because it is seen as less expensive and easier to obtain than prescription drugs.