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This new program helps people in small places who have a big idea shape that concept into something concrete – and they want more cops and corrections on board
Cartel activities are not confined to the southern border states – even small towns in the least populated states are impacted
The training addresses the mental and physical stressors faced by public safety personnel when responding to opioid overdose calls
Here’s how addiction works in the brain and why it’s so difficult to break
In just six years, fentanyl has become the prominent driver of opioid overdose deaths, going from causing about 20% of fatal opioid ODs in 2016 to causing almost all of them — 92% — in 2022
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Oregon State Police and the Grants Pass Police Department were among the agencies involved in the year-long investigation
The neighborhoods that had the injection sites experienced a dip in 911 calls related to crime and medical emergencies, but saw a slight increase in complaints around drug activity
“We don’t believe a return to incarceration is the answer, but restoring a misdemeanor for possession with diversion opportunities is critically important,” said Jason Edmiston, chief of police in the city of Hermiston
The program aims for nurses to work alongside police officers to assist individuals struggling with substance use disorders and mental health
Funds to combat violent crime and opioid abuse may also help agencies fund communications technology