DEA announces comprehensive study to address heroin, opioid crisis in Knoxville
Knoxville will be the next region where the Drug Enforcement Administration will implement a comprehensive approach to address prescription opioid abuse, heroin use, and violent crime.
Known as its 360 Strategy, the DEA's goals include stopping the cycle of prescription opioid and heroin abuse by eliminating the drug trafficking organizations and gangs.
The strategy also includes partnering with healthcare professionals and social service organizations that are best positioned to provide long-term help and support for building drug-free communities.
National partners who are participating in the DEA’s 360 Strategy include the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Tennessee, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, DEA Educational Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice’s Violence Reduction Network, The Elks Club, U.S. Department of Health & Humans Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 at 10 a.m. at 407 Caswell Ave. Speakers will include Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero.