A new partnership between the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Duluth Police Department has one goal: to attack the opioid epidemic that is not only gripping the area, but also the entire country. The partnership was announced at the end of July. It will benefit all of St. Louis County as law enforcement agencies work to reduce the number of overdose deaths.
The partnership provides the Duluth Police Department with a new police officer who has received training from the DEA. This officer's duties will include investigating drug cases that center around opioid abuse and prescription drugs. The partnership also gives the Duluth Police Department access to nationwide labs operated by the DEA for investigations performed surrounding drugs.
This partnership between the DEA and Duluth is the first of its kind in the United States, but likely won't be the last. The DEA is using Duluth as a test city in the hopes of creating partnerships with other cities across the country in the near future. The newly hired police officer will be paid by the Duluth Police Department but all overtime will be paid by the DEA up to $18,000.
The new police officer has already been patrolling the streets of Duluth and is currently investigating multiple drug cases. The Mayor of Duluth has expressed pleasure in the partnership and its main goal of reducing opioid overdoses in the city.
The opioid epidemic has claimed the lives of thousands of people of all different ages. If you have questions about prescription drug violations and other opioids, speaking with an experienced attorney can help you get those answers in Minneapolis.
Source: KBJR6, "DPD and DEA announce partnership aimed to crack down on opioid epidemic," Anthony Matt, Aug. 08, 2017