Earlier this week, I wrote the post, “Depression, alcoholism and drug addiction…Saving lives is the Answer”. Completely by coincidence, on Wednesday, July 21, we learned that the Tredyffrin Township police had arrested Lynne Twaddle, age 61 of Pugh Road on suspicion of dealing heroin from her Wayne home.
Twaddle was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a communication facility (phone). Beyond scary is the fact that Twaddle’s house is located 150 ft. from the entrance drive to New Eagle Elementary School.
At the time of the Twaddle’s arrest, Tredyffrin Township Detective Sgt. Todd Bereda commented, “It’s just now with the change in society, we’re seeing a burgeoning amount of oxycodone and opiate use, it starts with pills and ends up with heroin.”
As a follow-up to the post on Community Matters, I received an email from Tredyffrin Township Police Superintendent Anthony Giaimo and was given permission to share it. Valuable information, the public needs to know that the Tredyffrin Police are actively involved and continuously seeking ways to combat the growing local drug abuse problems.
Greetings Pattye –
Thank you for your recent post regarding substance issues within our community (and beyond). We need to spread the word!
We have seen drug related tragedies among our young residents year after year.
We have taken a number of progressive steps, which have gained the attention of Commonwealth officials.
We were the first in the Commonwealth of PA (with ARCH) to acquire and maintain a drug “turn in” box. Additionally we have hosted town hall meetings (Kacie’s Cause) and are continuous attendees and participants at ARCH meetings.
We are presently formulating new educational programs through our Community Policing Unit.
One resource that has received excellent feedback is our new Crime Watch program. On this site, I posted a Parent’s Tool kit, suicide prevention and drug / substance abuse resources as well as other resources posted by our Community Policing Director Rhonda Carroll. Our site can be found through the township website or at www.tredyffrinpd.org (There is also a mobile app).
T/E School Board Director Liz Mercogliano mentioned the possible use of NARCAN, heroin antidote naloxone, in treating drug overdoses in a comment on Community Matters. The public should know that the Tredyffrin police are trained in the use of NARCAN. I received a follow-email from Supt. Giaimo clarifying the department’s usage of the heroin antidote:
A number of people have asked if the police department uses NARCAN, an opiate antagonist, to combat the potential loss of life from a heroin over dose. I can say that we not only have this drug in all of the police cars but were on the leading edge of this program. To date we already saved a life with the use of NARCAN.
Rest assured we (I) will keep up the pace to keep our community safe from this deadly drug influence.
As we learned from Supt. Giaimo, the Tredyffrin police have already saved one life with the use of NARCAN.
If residents have concerns and/or questions regarding substance abuse, you are asked to contact Tredyffrin Township Police Officer Rhonda Carroll, Director of Community Policing, Tel. 610.644.3221.
Following the arrest of suspected heroin dealer Lynne Twaddle, the T/E School District posted the following message on their website, www.tesd.org
As you may have read in the news, on July 21 the Tredyffrin Township Police arrested a District resident for alleged sale of heroin. We congratulate the police on their continued efforts to combat the distribution of illegal drugs, and we cooperate as needed. The alleged perpetrator lives in close proximity to New Eagle Elementary School, but I have been assured by Superintendent of Police Anthony Giaimo that although the investigation is ongoing, there is no connection between this arrest and any T/E students at this time.
The District will continue to implement and extend safety measures to promote greater security in our schools. Such measures include but are not limited to buzz-in systems at school entrances with video capabilities, external fencing, improved locks on classroom doors, external window signage, and updated emergency preparedness procedures. Additionally, we continue to provide age-appropriate educational opportunities and support programs across the curriculum for students to learn about the negative consequences associated with illegal and prescription drug use and abuse. I thank the community for its continued support of these District efforts.
Superintendent of Schools
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The District will continue to implement and extend safety measures to promote greater security in our schools. Such measures include but are not limited to buzz-in systems at school entrances with video capabilities, external fencing, improved locks on classroom doors, external window signage, and updated emergency preparedness procedures.
It has been established from someone who attended the township meeting that the external fencing he mentions is to mark boundary lines, not promote greater security in our schools.
I applaud Supt. Giaimo in his efforts to combat drug use in our community, especially among our children. I attended more than one ARCH sponsored event last year. It was revealed that Berwyn EMT’s were dispatched to CHS 12 times the previous year. I attended a PTO meeting at the middle school soon after the ARCH presentation where a parent who also attended the ARCH panel presentation gave a report on this statistic. Some parents in attendance expressed surprise that the number wasn’t higher. Some (me) were shocked it was that high. The young man who wrote the letter says drugs are not only normalized, they are glorified in the high school. I guess it’s a matter of opinion on what is considered “normal” or glorified.
We can’t be with our kids 24/7. The best way we can ensure that they make good choices is to arm them with as much information as possible so they are educated on what the effect of experimenting with life altering drugs will have on their lives.
My son recently died of a drug overdose. I think it would have helped him to have more support at Conestoga like AA/NA meetings in the school, especially when he returned from rehab.
Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Excellent suggestion that AA/NA meetings be held at Conestoga HS. I will forward your suggestion to school board, administration & police dept.