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Mr. Gene Vittone

Wrong Gene Vittone?

District Attorney

Washington County
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Washington County District ..., 3 Nov 2015 [cached]
Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone argued Monday that no previous caretaker had ever used as much money to maintain the Charleroi Cemetery before 47-year-old Joseph Minkovich, of Rostraver worked there from 2009 to 2013.
Washington County District ..., 1 Nov 2015 [cached]
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone said marijuana isnt currently a concern in Washington County. He conducted a sample survey of all criminal cases in 2014 and found that less than 10 percent were related to marijuana. But he is unsure of the ramifications if marijuana became legalized in any regard.
We are facing major problems with drug abuse, Vittone said.
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Two men were ..., 30 Oct 2015 [cached]
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Two men were arrested Thursday in Cecil Township on charges related to dealing heroin, according to Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone.
Washington County District ..., 23 July 2015 [cached]
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone championed the program and said the kits are paid for with money confiscated from drug dealers. He said the program will be sustained through a grant from the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association.
"This (training) is one part of the equation," said Mr. Vittone.
Smith Township Police Chief Bernie LaRue, ..., 24 Oct 2015 [cached]
Smith Township Police Chief Bernie LaRue, left, and Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone participate in a discussion of the opioid epidemic impacting the township and county on Oct. 13. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
The couple attended the September Smith Township Supervisor meeting to bring attention to the drug epidemic in the area, which resulted in a meeting hosted by the Smith Township Police Department and Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone on Oct. 13.
Vittone acknowledged the opioid addiction epidemic has struck the county hard, calling the city of Washington a "bull's-eye" in the center of Interstate highways used to transport drugs from Chicago and Columbus throughout the Tri-State Area, including Weirton, W.Va.; Wheeling, W.Va.; and Steubenville, Ohio.
"We are actually supplying (the Weirton-Steubenville area) right now," Vittone said. "I know how close (Smith Township) is to (U.S. Route) 22 - you are getting it from all angles."
Vittone encouraged residents to use the Drug Task Force hotline to report suspicious activity.
However, front line information from residents remains important, Vittone said.
"We have gotten good arrests based on information we were given," he said, noting patrols and undercover police work are increased on the basis of information coming through the hotline.
Heroin and prescription opioids have become an issue over the past decade and officials still are reacting to the epidemic, Vittone said.
He outlined his plan to reduce drug addiction in the community, including coming down on drug dealers, treating addicts and educating the public.
A new law now allows for a 20-year sentence for providing drugs that cause an overdose, he said.
Vittone noted nonviolent addicts frequently became dealers after incarceration and that the county is in need of a treatment facility.
"(Incarceration) just creates a better dealer," he said.
Naloxone, used to treat overdoses, is now available to first responders through the county - the program funded through money forfeited through drug dealers, Vittone said.
"Our first responders were asking for this," Vittone said. "It saves lives."
New good Samaritan laws allow those who call 9-1-1 to report an overdose to avoid prosecution on simple possession and paraphernalia charges.
"Please call 9-1-1," Vittone said. "We don't want to mess with you, we just want to save lives. Our job is to save lives and protect lives. We aren't going to arrest you. A lot of people are on probation, and they just leave (someone who has overdosed)."
Vittone also stressed the importance of proper disposal of unused prescription medications, available through 20 area police departments with no questions asked. Prescription medications accounted for 57 percent of drug overdose deaths in the county over the past five years. He added a prescription database would be helpful in stopping "doctor shopping," or collecting multiple prescriptions for sale, but funding for such a database is hung up at the state level. However, the drug task force is working on the local level with pharmacists.
Drug addiction isn't only impacting the county's young people - 51 percent of deaths in the county were people age 40 and over.
"We had a person as old as 78 overdose," Vittone said.
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