Advisory Group Close To Revealing Plan To Tackle Opioid & Heroin Epidemic

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Local leaders are getting closer to figuring out how they plan to tackle an opioid and heroin addiction epidemic.

They’ve been working as part of a 75-member advisory group.

Thirty members of the group met on Monday and their overall goal is to stop overdose deaths.

The group has been meeting since 2014 and has been working under United States Attorney David Hickton.

In October, they are expected to issue a plan of their ideas and the data they have collected.

They want to pool together the public health and law enforcement resources. As part of the plan, law enforcement officers would share their intelligence on drug markets with the health workers to help fight addiction.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics is going to issue the plan in October. Previously, they issued an action plan on opioids in 2014.

Hickton said his office will continue to prosecute the drug dealers, but the new efforts are being made to catch the problem before it becomes a criminal case and before it becomes a deadly drug overdose.

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  1. We need to stop the drug war w/ objective of shutting down the black market. The drug war has failed. Decriminalization/legalization is necessary, it needs to be backed up with public health announcements explaining exactly why it is needed. Its not in any way condoning the abuse of addictors, it is done bc the alternative, the drug war, has made things infinitely worse on almost every level, to include making drugs abundantly available to any & all that wants them. We need to pull LE out of the drug biz – that will free up a lot of resources currently chasing their collective tails. When the laws create more harm and cause more damage than they prevent, its time to change the laws. The $1 TRILLION so-called war on drugs is a massive big government failure – on nearly every single level. Its way past time to put the cartels & black market drug dealers out of business. Mass incarceration has failed. We cant even keep drugs out of a contained & controlled environment like prison. We need the science of addiction causation to guide prevention, treatment, recovery & public policies. Otherwise, things will inexorably just continue to worsen & no progress will be made. Addiction causation research has continued to show that some people (suffering with addiction) have a “hypo-active endogenous opioid/reward system.” This is the (real) brain disease, making addiction a symptom, not a disease itself. One disease, one pathology. Policy must be made reflecting addiction(s) as a health issue. The war on drugs is an apotheosis of the largest & longest war failure in history. It actually exposes our children to more harm & risk and does not protect them whatsoever. In all actuality, the war on drugs is nothing more than an international projection of a domestic psychosis. It is not the “great child protection act,” its actually the complete opposite. The lesson is clear: Drug laws do not stop people from harming themselves, but they do cause addicts to commit crimes and harm others. We need a new approach that decriminalizes the disease. We must protect society from the collateral damage of addiction and stop waging war on ourselves. We need common sense harm reduction approaches desperately. MAT (medication assisted treatment) and HAT (heroin assisted treatment) must be available options. Of course, MJ should not be a sched drug at all.

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