DEA launching 360 Strategy to fight drugs, crime in New Orleans area

DEA launching 360 Strategy to fight drugs, crime in New Orleans area

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Drug Enforcement Administration announced New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and St. Bernard Parish will be the 16th city to be part of its “360 Strategy,” designed to help fight the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, and violent crime associated with it.

“While the opioid epidemic rages on in communities across America, killing over 130 people a day, DEA continues to find new and innovative ways to address this growing health problem and the violent drug trafficking it breeds,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley said. “DEA’s 360 Strategy makes use of every community resource available to reach young people and attack the heroin and prescription drug epidemic at every level. This comprehensive approach unites everyone who has a stake in making New Orleans and the surrounding communities safer for our families.”

The strategy provides federal law enforcement action targeting all levels of drug trafficking organizations and gangs.

Federal authorities hope to involve parents, caregivers, teachers, athletic associations, and the workplace.

“Officials will work to form a Community Alliance that will comprise key leaders from law enforcement, prevention, treatment, the judicial system, education, business, government, civic organizations, faith communities, media, social services, and others to form the core of a long-term group that will cross disciplines to help carry the prevention and treatment messages to the local population during the critical post-operation timeframe,” a news release said about the 360 Strategy.

Byerley made the announcement Tuesday, along with City of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, members from other local and federal agencies and organizations in law enforcement, substance abuse and prevention and treatment, and community outreach.

It aims to increase awareness of drug problems to manufacturers, wholesalers, doctors and pharmacies. The strategy will also focus on community outreach.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.wakeup-nola.com, www.JustThinkTwice.gov/nola, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.gov/nola and www.dea.gov.

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