On Monday (March 10, 2014), Attorney General Eric Holder warned about the growing scourge of opiate addiction and overdoses while urging law enforcement officials to carry the anti-overdose drug naloxone in a video message posted to the Justice Department’s website.
“When confronting the problem of substance abuse, it makes sense to focus attention on the most dangerous types of drugs. And right now, few substances are more lethal than prescription opiates and heroin,” said Holder. “It’s clear that opiate addiction is an urgent — and growing — public health crisis. And that’s why Justice Department officials, including the [Drug Enforcement Administration], and other key federal, state, and local leaders, are fighting back aggressively.”