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  • The new politics of the “war on drugs”

    CBS News - 05/27/2016

    Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern University, recently noted that innovation is increasingly coming from the bottom up. In a column for The Crime Report, he described the police officers’ growing use of naloxone, a drug used to treat overdoses and commonly referred to by its brand name Narcan, many major law enforcement organizations support its use

    “A closer understanding of drug misuse, its root causes, and evidence-based prevention and treatment tools can empower criminal justice professionals and institutions to achieve better results,” Beletsky wrote. “At the same time, a shift in police attitudes towards addiction can increase trust and communication with drug users and their families, as well as in the community at large.”

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