Flynn was joined for the announcement by Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Michael Murphy.
Murphy said the drugs are getting more deadly as dealers are cutting heroin with the highly dangerous fentanyl and carfentanil.
"People are playing Russian Roulette with their lives but they're so addicted to this drug that they're willing to take that chance," Murphy said.
Flynn says police enforcement is just one component of a larger effort to fight this epidemic.
"If we can disrupt the market and make it harder for people to procure the drug, even if only a little bit harder, we may create an environment where people who can't get what they need as quickly as they want find themselves seeking treatment," he said.
The task force creation is timed with the county's purchase of a new, $400,000 drug screening machine that allows police to find out within days what kind of drug was involved in an overdose.
With that advantage, Flynn says they can more quickly go after the dealers.
The machine was purchased with $200,000 of county money and another $200,000 from the city's Byrne Justice Assistance grant.