Frustrated father uses unusual signs to take back Bullitt County neighborhood from drugs
Frustrated with what he calls a growing drug problem in his community, Eddie McAllister has found an unusual way to call attention to the issue.
BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – Frustrated with what he calls a growing drug problem in his community, Eddie McAllister has found an unusual way to call attention to the issue.
The single father of three has lived in the Kings Forest subdivision, west of Shepherdsville, since 1993.
"It used to be a really good neighborhood when I first moved here,” McAllister said.
McAllister says his surroundings have drastically changed over time.
“Like it is everywhere else, there’s been a lot of drug trafficking and drug problems,” McAllister said.
After finding countless needles in the front yard where his children play, McAllister chose to take a stand.
On Saturday morning, McAllister put up signs on his property. Quite the contrast to the childrens’ toys in the yard, those signs read “Dope this way” and list drugs like meth, heroin, pills and pot, and have arrows pointing down Charles Court.
Despite the arrows, McAllister says the signs are not meant to call out one specific person or home. He says they instead serve as a call for action on his street and in his neighborhood.
"I want people to be aware of what's going on down here. And it seems like it's helped. I mean, it's slowed down the traffic,” said McAllister.
About an hour after the signs went up, McAllister says someone stole them off of his property, so he put up new, larger signs.
McAllister says people have driven by to take pictures of the signs and neighbors even show up to compliment his efforts.
"This is a problem worldwide, really. And I want to step up for this community. I want this to end,” said McAllister.
The director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force says Kings Forest receives a high volume of drug complaints
He says all of those are investigated.
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