DEA hosted a Summit to combat heroin and opioids

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police officers, doctors, school counselors, investigators and a host of others tackling the Heroin epidemic in Kentuckiana.

They gathered at UofL's Medical School on Thursday for a Heroin and Opioid Response Summit.

The summit included presentations, guest speakers and a community panel of addiction, treatment and recovery experts.

Those at the forefront of the fight say tackling epidemic is a community-wide effort that will take time and resources.

“We understand that we can't just arrest our way out of this problem and that we need to collaborate treatment with the educators, with counselors along with all the other law enforcement agencies and first responders,” Timothy Plancon of the DEA said.

“We at CADCA believe building the demand down for substances is the primary way to get at this problem in addition to the treatment that's necessary,” Arthur Dean of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America said.

Thursday's summit is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's plan to combat heroin and opioid in a holistic way.

Representatives say there are other similar events being held around the country.


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