Will stepping up drug-dealer arrests help alleviate the opioid crisis?
Crain's New York Business - 05/22/2017
But Leo Beletsky, associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University School of Law, said little evidence exists to support the idea that arresting drug dealers will lead to fewer overdoses.
“Taking someone out of the drug supply chain has not been shown to affect the drug supply,” said Beletsky, who has consulted for the city and is familiar with its opioid initiatives. “It disrupts the supply chain for a few days, if that.”
He also said sending police to investigate overdoses “runs at complete cross-purposes to New York’s Good Samaritan Law.” The measure is supposed to protect people who call 911 to report an overdose from getting arrested.