As we all know the overdose rate in the United States has risen dramatically. In response to the number of overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids in the Midwest, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade of Michigan called on federal prosecutors from six neighboring states to meet at a one-day summit to address issues of drug trafficking, illegal prescriptions, and other factors that have been fueling the opiate and overdose epidemic.
McQuade and authority figures from Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania met a few months ago as part of an initiative by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force to stop heroin and prescription pill trafficking in their areas. At a press conference for the summit, McQuade noted that organized groups in Michigan and Ohio have expanded their sales to many of the aforementioned states, as well as Tennessee and West Virginia. Continue reading Midwest Attempts to Unite Effort to Fight Overdose Epidemic