Encouraging and supporting law enforcement efforts to remove drug dealers from our streets, and policies that prevent overdoses in real-time.
Latin American drug gangs quickly recognized the opioid addiction problem in the U.S., and capitalized on it by providing a cheaper and plentiful alternative to prescription drugs, namely black tar heroin. This drug has been augmented by fentanyl and other substances, largely imported with impunity from China. Meanwhile, as prescription drugs come under greater control, more people will turn to heroin, counterfeit prescription opioids, and similar drugs.
This line of operation will support what can be done to augment law enforcement efforts in this area. We will also explore how our justice system approaches the difference between the three types of people involved with illegal drugs: users who are not dealers (who should not be criminalized), dealers who are not users (who should be deeply criminalized), and users who are small-scale dealers in order to support their addiction (who require special treatment). We will explore alternatives (such as safe use zones) that could reduce incidences of fatal overdoses, as well as promote the use of drug courts to encourage people to enter treatment programs. It will also explore making the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone more available to law enforcement and first responders, as well as ways to better protect first responders from the hazards associated with incidental contact with fentanyl. We also hope to highlight what is being done in each state regarding law enforcement, justice, and medical response. Finally, we will explore how we may better cooperate with our neighbor Mexico and other countries, such as China, that are suppliers of illegal opioids and their precursors, in order to reduce supply.
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