HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - One Eastern Kentucky police department has been extra busy during the new year.
Officers with the Harlan Police Department have worked an average of about one drug-related case per day so far in 2017.
Even though that number is unusually high for them, they said it does not necessarily mean the region's drug problem is getting worse.
"It feels like it's getting bad, but I want to look at it as we're being more proactive," Sgt. Jeff Owens said. "Police officers are trying to get out there and get it off the street."
Harlan Police have worked nine drug-related cases in the first 10 days of 2017.
"It tells us that we're going to have a busy year," Owens said. "It is staggering, but we're trying to make a dent in it."
On Monday, Harlan Police arrested Justin Helton and Kayla Keith, who are accused of leaving needles in reach of children.
"Anytime there's children involved, we want to try to show them there's a path better," Owens said.
Owens said the more drugs they are able to take off the street, the more their relationship with the community will improve.
"We're going to fight it every day," he said. "That's what we signed up to do and we're going to stay at it."