Crime Stoppers: Cracking down on heroin

Sgt. Charles Zlotkus from the Rochester Police Department Major Crimes Unit shared with us some resources that help fight heroin abuse in our area.

In this week's edition of Crime Stoppers Most Wanted, Sgt. Charles Zlotkus joined Good Day Rochester with a special message about the ongoing heroin epidemic.

He shared some of the warning signs of opioid abuse and how you can find help for someone who needs it (see below). Crime Stoppers Paul Hawkins also joined us to talk about donating to the K-9 fund.

We also call your attention to Derrell Terry, 28. He's wanted for robbery and a criminal mischief warrant in Irondequoit. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300.


Physical Signs

A change in physical appearance, small pupils, decreased respiratory rate, non-responsiveness, drowsy, loss or increase in appetite, weight loss or weight gain, intense flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, sweating, shaky hands, feet or head, large pupils), wearing long-sleeves or hiding arms.

Behavioral Signs

Change in attitude and/or personality, tendency to avoid contact with family and/or friends, change in friends, hobbies, activities and/or sports, drops in grades or performance at work, isolation and secretive behavior, moodiness, irritability, nervousness, giddiness, tendency to steal.

Advanced Warning Signs

Missing medications, burnt or missing spoons and/or bottle caps, syringes, small bags with powder residue, missing shoe laces and/or belts.

Educational sites:

Monroe County Office of Mental Health:

Governor Cuomo’s Task Force to Combat Heroin:

Who to for call for help:

Rochester Family Crisis Intervention (7 days a week, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.): 585-428-7183

New York State: 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY (Short Code: 467369)


Finger Lakes Region call 211

Addiction Treatment Programs National Database

Call 1-888-439-3435 or web page

Report drug activity: 911 or City of Rochester Drug Hotline at 311 or 585-428-6000

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