ACT Policing has issued a plea for citizens to dob in suspected drug dealers, after three deaths related to heroin use in the past week.
Since the start of the year, 13 Canberrans are suspected to have died due to illicit drug use — more than the ACT’s road toll, which currently stands at nine.
More than half of those drug deaths has happened in the past three months.
Detective Acting Station Sergeant Mark Rowswell issued a plea for public help in identifying dealers.
“There’s been too many needless deaths in relation to heroin, and we want the community’s help to try to stop that,” he said.
“We’re calling for the public to assist us with arresting or getting people who are dealing these drugs before the court.”
Detective Rowswell said police were working to curb heroin use in conjunction with ACT Health, and said people addicted to opiates should seek treatment.
“In relation to health, it’s not just a policing problem, it’s across the board, everyone needs to work together,” he said.
“We can’t do this alone, we can’t arrest our way out of the problem.”
Police said the deaths in the past week occurred in Conder, Cook and Civic.