UPDATE 7/10/13 @ 8:45 p.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The new police chief in Point Pleasant is hoping to revitalize interest in an anonymous drug tip hotline.
Chief Joe Veith, who has been with the Point Pleasant Police Department for 20 years, was officially named acting police chief on Tuesday. Veith said Point Pleasant is no different from a lot of Appalachian cities and towns -- fighting the problem of prescription drug abuse.
"The older generation who say it's not the Point Pleasant they remember, well they're right," Veith said. "When you look at the prescription pill problem and the problem of theft, more often than not they go hand in hand."
The chief is hoping the public aggressively fights back by utilizing the city's Anonymous Drug Tip Hotline. Residents can register the complaint without having to identify themselves.
"So many people are afraid to get involved because of the threat of retaliation," Veith said. "We hope this gives people peace of mind while providing the tips we need to get the drug activity off the streets."
You'll find the Point Pleasant drug tip hotline here at WSAZ.com under the Featured Links tab.
Joe Veith was appointed as acting chief by Mayor Brian Billings.
Veith has been with the department for 20 years. He takes over for former Chief Ernie Watterson, who recently stepped down to work for the state highway department.