Caldwell County Sheriff Stan Hudson was in studio Tuesday morning to talk to WPKY about eclipse preparedness and various other law related items.

Stan started off by stating that in his 19 years as sheriff, he’s met more for the eclipse than anything else but stressed that he’d rather the county over plan than under plan. He went on to say that the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office will work in conjunction with Captain Brent White, who is over the Kentucky State Police Post 2, during the event. The KSP will handle keeping all the interstates open while also adding troopers along the highway 91 corridor. The KSP will also bring in extra troopers to assist where needed. Stan stated that he would be placing his deputies in strategic areas around the county, especially concentrated along 91, in Fredonia, and in major intersections like the highway 672 and 91 intersection.

Stan advised that local citizens treat this as if it were an impending winter storm that would cause traffic difficulties and shortages in supplies. He suggested making sure gas tanks are full and to stock up on bottled water and other necessary supplies, just enough to keep you supplied during the weekend and day after the eclipse. He also reminded home and land owners that they do have rights when it comes to people being on their property. If someone parks or attempts to camp on private property the owner’s have the right to ask them to leave. Stan suggested to first ask for people to vacate the property before calling law enforcement, but did stress that if someone parks their car and leaves it, the land owner does have the right to have that vehicle towed. He also suggested that it wasn’t a bad idea to post No Trespassing signs, but to be aware that in some cases that may not deter visitors. He then asked that citizens be patient with law enforcement during that weekend, that while they will be out in force, they have to prioritize calls received and that may mean small incidents will have to wait. Stan also reminded listeners that August 21st, the day of the eclipse, won’t be the end of it, several thousand people are expected to not leave the area until Tuesday, so keep that in mind for your Tuesday commute to work and school.

Stan then transitioned into what the sheriff’s office deals with on a regular basis, saying that lately deputies have been in training to deal with an influx in different drug usages, especially heroin and fentanyl. Stan said that heroin laced with fentanyl is a large problem in Northern Kentucky and the larger urban areas like Lexington, Louisville, and the greater Cincinnati area, but that it’s starting to trickle into the more rural areas. He said that his deputies have been going through training to deal with the drug and overdoses because fentanyl is very deadly. The substance can be easily absorbed into the skin, even through gloves, or inhaled and so officers have to be careful when dealing with the substance to avoid being harmed by it themselves. Some officers throughout Kentucky have even started carrying Narcan, which is a nasal spray that can stabilize someone after an opioid overdose until EMS can transport them to a hospital. Stan stressed that listeners be aware of this drug, especially teens and young adults, because of the ease of an overdose.

Stan then spoke about the prescription pill craze that the sheriff’s office has dealt with in the area. He said that it was becoming increasingly popular for people to raid family member’s medicine cabinets, especially teens and young adults. But he stressed that just because something has been prescribed by a doctor doesn’t mean it’s safe for consumption, prescriptions must always only be taken as prescribed and taken only by the person they were prescribed to. Stan also spoke about the Pill Disposal Program where local law enforcement takes unused prescription pills and disposes of them safely. Stan said that if anyone had any questions about the program they could call the sheriff’s office at 270-365-2088 or 270-365-2089.

You can catch the full interview with Caldwell County Sheriff Stan Hudson below.