Criminal JusticeCriminal Justice officials play a critical part of any comprehensive plan to address the overdose crisis in the United States. They are on the front lines in many ways: from stopping the diversion and distribution of illicit drugs to interacting with people suffering from substance use disorder at many of the most promising intervention points. Law enforcement officials can intervene and begin the treatment process following observed or suspected drug use without accompanying criminal activity, prior to making an arrest for criminal activity, and many other junctures in the criminal justice system.
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