Binghamton Police Chief: City in drug epidemic

By Perry Russom

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said there's a growing heroin epidemic in the city.

Earlier this month, a drug bust produced 730 packets of heroin.

Zikuski said every two weeks he's being updated with stats and maps of drug hot spots throughout the city.

He said the drug deals aren't happening on the streets, but behind closed doors.

"We're trying everything that they can to put a stop to this," said Zikuski. "We can put them in jail and other people are going to take their places. It's not just a police issue, but a societal issue."

Monday night, City Council participated in a closed-door briefing of some of the specific steps police are taking to combat the growing drug problem.

"It's an epidemic, but we're trying to move and change out tactics as much as possible to keep up with what's happening in the community," said Zikuski.

Zikuski says the heroin problem stems from a prescription drug crackdown. It's becoming more difficult to get prescription drugs from doctors, so people are going to the street to purchase heroin.

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