Lexington falls within the domain of the DEA’s Detroit Division, and is the site of one of the division’s Resident Offices. Special Agent Recruiter Christopher Taylor provides assistance to those that meet the agency’s requirements and are interested in learning how to become a DEA agent in Lexington.
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DEA requirements include having a college degree or technical experience in the drug arena, or military, flight, maritime or foreign language experience and/or knowledge. Lexington DEA jobs and careers are only available to those who complete the DEA’s training protocol. To learn how to become a DEA agent in Lexington through training, contact the recruiter by phone at313-234-4275 or by email at DetroitSpecialAgentRecruiter@usdoj.gov.
Heroin on the Rise in Lexington
Although many associate prescription drug abuse with Lexington, and they aren’t wrong, a new drug problem is on the rise in the city: heroin abuse. Among 20 to 60 year old drug abusers in Lexington, it seems heroin is replacing prescription pain killers as the drug of choice. Heroin makes its way into Lexington from Mexico, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Detroit, according to a Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney.
It was reported inn February 2013 that in a two-week period the city had seen 10 deaths by heroin overdose. In 2012, there were 22 deaths from heroin overdose, the Fayette County Coroner says. From 2002 to 2006 the city experienced no heroin overdoses, and 2007 saw just one. Lexington law enforcement officials and DEA agents are working to curb heroin abuse in the city and to prevent these unnecessary deaths.
Prescription Drug Abuse in Lexington
While heroin abuse is on the rise in Lexington, prescription pills are still being abused as well. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll of 2011 found that 39.4 percent of Lexington residents surveyed knew a friend or family member who had abused prescription drugs. This percentage was higher than the Kentucky state average of 32 percent. It is estimated that 80 Kentuckians die daily from prescription drug overdoses.
In 2012, Lexington hosted the Kentucky Pain Pill Summit, a gathering of educators, politicians, doctors, law enforcement and others interested in the prescription drug abuse problem. One military member speaking at the summit noted that he had become addicted to prescription pain pills following an injury on the battlefield. The governor of Kentucky has called for increased substance abuse treatment programs and state-funded treatment for Medicaid recipients. These are just a few measures designed to battle the prescription drug abuse problem in Lexington and the rest of the state.