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Law Enforcement Introduces Anonymous Texting Program to Combat Illegal Drug Use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, May 18, 2017    
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215   

 PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley, Sanford Health, South Dakota Sheriff’s Association, South Dakota Police Chiefs’ Association and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety announce the rollout of Project Stand Up- a statewide anonymous texting program that allows citizens to standup to drug crimes in their communities.

“As our nation faces a growing drug epidemic, it is important that South Dakotans use innovation and technology to better protect our communities. Anonymous texting allows citizens to be proactive and take part in keeping their communities safe. Please join me, law enforcement, healthcare providers and our communities to Stand Up to illegal drug use,” said Jackley.

"Sanford Health is proud to join with SD law enforcement on this important program to help keep our SD communities safe,” Mike Begeman, Sanford Health.

Project Stand Up is a coordinated effort amongst law enforcement officials and healthcare providers statewide to standup to illegal drug use in South Dakota. Texting a tip is simple- just text ‘drugs’ to 82257. The tipster will be asked a series of questions for additional information. The level of involvement lies with the citizen, while always remaining anonymous. An educational component will be added in the fall to address the legal consequences of drug use.

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