Old Friends and a New Mission – Illegal Opioid Distribution and Horrors of Addiction

Warrenton, VA – April 12, 2018, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fauquier County Jim Fisher hosted and old friend for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  A recent appointee of President Trump, Jim Carroll, the Acting “Drug Czar” – or – Director of the National Office of Drug Control Policy came to Warrenton today to hear from a group of family members who have lost children to America’s opioid epidemic.

Acting Director Jim Carroll shown here with coast guard officials touring international smuggling interdiction efforts recently after his appointment by President Trump to a new and critical mission

Director Carroll was quite obviously moved by the event in which parents described tragic details of their kids getting addicted to pain killers and eventually moving to dangerous street substitutes such as heroin laced with fentanyl.

Jim Fisher (L) and Jim Carroll (R) circa 1993 as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys for Robert Horan in Fairfax. The two worked to fight the then crack cocaine epidemic

Director Carroll and Jim Fisher both were assistant commonwealth’s attorneys for Robert Horan in the late 80’s and 90’s and recalled their participation in the crack cocaine epidemic of that era.  “We would go to court virtually everyday with between 3 to 5 cases of crack distribution and another several cases of possession in those days,” remarked Fisher of his time as an assistant prosecutor in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction.  “We tackled that crisis with aggressive enforcement and the crime rate plummeted, Fisher stated.

2018’s theme for Crime Victims’ Rights Week is reaching all victims and expanding the circle.  Fisher structured the event around that theme.  “Having an old friend like Jim Carroll as our new national drug czar is fortuitous.  I was able to reach out to him and get him to come to Warrenton to hear Fauquier County’s story” [about having experienced a recent rise to the top heroin crisis centers in Virginia in the last few years].

Fauquier county has indeed risen to the top of the sad ladder for both drug overdose fatalities as well as increased abuse by new users.  Director Carroll’s participation helps Fisher keep a light shined on the problem which is not going away any time soon.

Channel 9 covered the story with a report by acclaimed Washington reporter Peggy Fox.