WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is vowing to fight the rise in overdose deaths from heroin and other prescription painkillers.
Holder called the growing heroin problem an “urgent public health crisis.” Holder said in a video the problem would be confronted by increasing efforts on both the law enforcement side as well as the treatment side.
“Few substances are more lethal than prescription opiates and heroin,” he said. “Addiction to heroin and other opiates – including certain prescription painkillers – is impacting the lives of Americans in every state, in every region and from every background and walk of life – and all too often with deadly results.”
Holder is also calling for more local first responders to carry Naloxone which can save lives by reversing overdoses. Rensselaer County Sheriff’s deputies are some of the first in New York to use the life-saving medication.