DEA launches program to fight opioid epidemic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is turning to Louisville to test out a new program to combat the heroin epidemic.

Mayor Greg Fischer is joining the U.S. Attorney General and other law enforcement officials for the special announcement today.

It's called a "360 Degree Strategy" and consists of a three-fold approach to fighting drug traffickers and the current epidemic. First, they partner with community organizations to educate the public of the dangers of opioid abuse. Second, they use pharmacists, doctors and drug manufacturers to increase awareness of the drug problem. Third, they enforce the law and target traffickers.

Louisville is the fourth city in the U.S. to take part in the 360 Program. It was originally launched in Pittsburgh, followed by St. Louis and Milwaukee.



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