One of the most visible changes this year was the implementation of the Drug Market Intervention (DMI) initiative in Huntington. The DMI strategy is a problem-solving initiative aimed at permanently closing down open-air drug markets. The most violent offenders are targeted and prosecuted as examples. The strategy then targets low-level offenders and stages an intervention with families and community leaders. Offenders are "called-in" and given the option to straighten up or face lengthy prison sentences. The offenders are provided assistance in locating employment, housing, transportation, health care, and access to other social services.
Click here to download the Drug Market Intervention Initiative brochure.