Law Enforcement in Several States Call for Alternatives to Arrest and Prosecution For People With an Addiction
Date:  04-13-2018

Arresting people will not stop the opioid crisis
From Pretrial Justice Institute:

When you read about our nation’s opioid crisis and law enforcement’s response to it, you will first confront a host of shocking statistics that try to capture the magnitude of this issue. In Ohio, 11 people died every 24 hours from drug overdoses in 2016. The latest, provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control report that drug overdose deaths in 2016 totaled 64,070, a 21-percent increase over the year before.

Then you will usually find some variation of this phrase: “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem.”

It is more than just a feeling from those who are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Continue reading >>>