Brent Warr tells New Jersey Mayors about perils of major hurricanes

Ocean County is in the midst of a record wave of deaths attributed to drug overdoses and while county law enforcement officials battle the problem of drug trafficking, one notable veteran of Hurricane Katrina feels it could all be related to the storm.

Brent Warr, the mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi, which was devastated during the 2005 hurricane, advised mayors and officials on a recent visit to New Jersey that they should keep a watchful eye on those most vulnerable, especially the elderly and poor.

He explained that in the months after Katrina, drug abuse and suicide skyrocketed in his city.

“Illnesses, depression, people taking their lives more, issues with drug related addiction, it all got compounded after Katrina,” the mayor said.

Ocean County Signal