In a New York Times article on the national opioid drug crisis on June 12, 2017, Sam Walker commented that “if people think we are going to arrest our way out of the opioid crisis, they’re wrong.” The public backlash against the “war on drugs” has led to a growing national consensus that an arrest and imprisonment approach to social problems such as drugs is the wrong approach. Citing research in the area of public health, Walker added that the police do have a role regard opioid drugs: they “can play a critical role in a very broadly based social and medical response.”

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