South Dakota hopes to curb drug epidemic with text tip line

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Rapid City, SD Helping police bust drug users and distributors is becoming even easier for South Dakota residents.

Attorney General Marty Jackley, Sanford Health, and several law enforcement agencies have teamed up to help citizens fight the drug epidemic.

Project Stand Up is an anonymous tip text line to help law enforcement catch and help prevent illegal drug use in South Dakota.

Citizens can simply text the word "DRUGS" to 8-2-2-5-7 and the local police or sheriff's office will respond accordingly.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says, "For the rest of South Dakota, this is the first time that this tool is available and I think that it is really going to have a significant impact. We are going to be able to bust people that are engaged in illegal drugs use and distribution and that in it of itself is going to deter continued use."

Rapid City Police Department has had a similar text line in place for several years through TIP 4-1-1 and Chief Jegeris says the two tip lines will work together to best help law enforcement.