The Chamber invited District Attorney Jeff Burkett to talk about how heroin is affecting the county.
Burkett began by discussing the case of Christopher Thornhill. Thornhill was found guilty of attempted homicide after shooting two
He told the audience of about 50 people that the need to get high takes over an addict's life. As a prosecutor he sees first hand how controlling heroin can be stating nothing else matters to the addict and they will do anything to get a fix.
Burkett was asked to share tips to keep kids off drugs. He told the audience he does not judge anyone and no one is perfect. He further commented anyone can become an addict. To stop the spread of addiction, he asked parents to be involved in their kids' lives.
He spoke of how technology has changed communication and on how text messages now allow for silent, personal conversations. Texting makes drug dealing easier. He tells parents to check their phone bills and see just how many texts their kids are sending.
He added when he first began serving as DA 15 years ago he did not see nearly the amount of heroin addiction he does now.