The Bedford Police Department hosted a meeting Thursday night to raise awareness about drug use in the community.
Bedford police said they have seen all kinds of drugs in town. According to police chief Todd Foreman, they have noticed an increase in methamphetamine in the past few months.
“It’s almost the point it’s on a regular basis – sometimes on a daily basis,” said Lt. Duane Jones.
During his 24 years in law enforcement, Jones said he has seen a change in drug use.
“It went from a lot of crack cocaine back earlier in part of my career to heroin was being seen a lot here recently along with the methamphetamines,” Jones said.
“I’ve seen an increase in probably the last six months, I’ve seen more than I’ve seen ever with methamphetamines,” Foreman said.
That’s why Foreman wanted to dedicate this month’s community awareness meeting to the problem. He said he wants people to help recognize suspicious activity, understand signs of drug use and know how to get help for people abusing drugs.
“This is a community problem, and it’s a community effort to solve the problem,” Foreman said. “It’s not just the police department going to solve it.”
Jones said he hopes a reduction in drug use could also bring a drop in crime since drugs sometimes drive crimes such as shoplifting and theft to help feed people’s addictions.
The Bedford Police Department hosts community awareness meetings once a month on different topics, Foreman said.