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Prestera Center Proud Partner with DEA in 360 Strategy

December 13, 2016

The US Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will partner with Prestera Center programs in Charleston WV for its DEA 360 Strategy which responds to the heroin and prescription opioid pill crisis. There are 129 overdose deaths in the US on an average day.  Sixty-one percent of those deaths are pharmaceutical opioids or heroin related, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  The DEA 360 approach is combating heroin/opioid use through:

(1) Coordinated Law Enforcement actions against drug cartels and heroin traffickers in specific communities;

(2) Diversion Control enforcement actions against DEA registrants operating outside the law and long-term engagement with pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies, and practitioners; and

(3) Community Outreach through local partnerships that empower communities to take back affected neighborhoods after enforcement actions and prevent the same problems from cropping up again.

The DEA rolled out the 360 Strategy in November 2015 in Pittsburgh together with the U.S. Attorney and state and local partners. Since that time, DEA has deployed the strategy in other pilot cities like Louisville Kentucky and will spread to Charleston WV and surrounding areas in 2017 using this three-pronged approach in all DEA Field Divisions.

Visit the DEA's website for additional information:  https://www.dea.gov/prevention/360-strategy/360-strategy.shtml.

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