Department of Justice urging states to share information to combat opioid problem


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Department of Justice is preparing to send out memos to all 94 U.S. attorney offices urging them to share information across state lines to combat the opioid problem.

State health numbers reveal 452 people died in Indiana due to overdoses involving opioids in 2014, with the total going up to 595 in 2015.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch told USA Today that she is pushing for prosecutors to work closely with health officials to provide prevention and treatment services.

State authorities say communicating with neighboring states is crucial in their fight against drugs.

“Many of the organized drug organizations that we prosecute are not only distributing illicit drugs like heroin, they are also distributing drugs like OxyContin,” said Josh Minkler, U.S. attorney. “You really have to stop the problem at its source. Stop the distribution and provide treatment.”

The state health department recently received more than $500,000 from the CDC to expand overdose prevention programs.

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