Eric Holder says heroin overdoses are ‘an urgent and growing public health crisis’

US Attorney General Eric Holder today warned that the ongoing rise in heroin-related deaths has become an “urgent and growing public health crisis.” In a press release, Holder said the Justice Department plans to ramp up efforts to save lives through more vigorous enforcement and treatment efforts. But he also wants to make sure that first responders have the necessary resources to prevent tragedy wherever and whenever possible. To help better those odds, Holder is calling on law enforcement agencies to train and equip emergency personnel with naloxone, a drug capable of reversing deadly overdoses when administered in a timely fashion.

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