The Opioid Crisis, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Obviously I'm the chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania my job is to go out and arrest the drug dealers right get the bad guys the bad gals off the street and so we put a significant amount of emphasis on that both with new personnel new initiatives and a new approach to making our community safer and freer of these dealers we have arrested three and a half drug dealers every single day I've been in office which is just a significant increase over what had been done in the past we've doubled the number of diversion arrests that's arrests of people like doctors nurses others that divert legal prescription drugs for illegal uses double the number in the first quarter of 2017 versus the first quarter of 2016 just to give you a specific data point and data is important in this area we can continue to arrest at that clip for a long time but if we do that for the next four god-willing for me eight years in this position we still won't fully solve the problem I've been very clear that you need a multidisciplinary approach to dealing with it what more you know do we have to do well we have to continue to rest the dealers we've shut down massive pipelines of heroin into the Commonwealth we've got a lot more work to do that and we have significant numbers of investigations ongoing at this time we have to see this pharmaceutical investigation through we have to do a lot more in the schools in the communities to educate we have to continue to partner with law enforcement at the federal state and local level unique partnerships that help us deal with diversion especially but deal with this issue we've made good strides we've put a good plan in place we've built a good foundation we've seen some initial very positive results but we've got a lot more work to do you

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