Rome and Floyd County government and law enforcement officials worked together to let drug dealers know there is zero tolerance for drug dealing, demolishing a known drug house, according to the Rome News-Tribune.
Police called the old grocery store a local opium den that became a place drug users to stay.
Brinson Askew Berry partner and Rome Assistant City Attorney Samuel Lucas filed a complaint on behalf of the City of Rome after the arrest of the owner of the property that led to the demolition.
Law enforcement officials from across Rome and Floyd County lined up on Wheeler Street to watch as a “blight to the community” was torn down and to let drug dealers know there is zero tolerance for drug peddling.
Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson told the newspaper the house was a symptom of the opioid crisis facing the nation as well as Rome.
Maj. Jeff Jones, commander of the Floyd County police investigative division, reported police and rescue personnel have administered 421 doses of naloxone to revive overdosed patients this year. Sgt. Chris Fincher, also with Floyd County police, said that since 2017 there have been 58 opioid-related deaths. The number is slowly rising on a year-by-year basis, he said.