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DEA to Open New Office in Louisville to Combat Opioid Crisis

DEA to Open New Office in Louisville to Combat Opioid Crisis
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By    |   Friday, 01 December 2017 11:31 AM

The Drug Enforcement Agency is set to open a new division office in Louisville, Kentucky next year as it looks to increase its presence in the states that have bore the brunt of the opioid crisis.

"DEA continually looks for ways to improve operations and interagency cooperation and more efficiently leverage resources," Acting Administrator Robert Patterson said in a press conference on Wednesday, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

"By creating a new division in the region, this restructuring places DEA in lockstep with our partners in the area to do just that. This change will produce more effective investigations on heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid trafficking, all of which have a significant impact on the region."

At this time, the DEA has 21 domestic division offices and 91 foreign offices in 70 countries. This new office will focus on DEA cases in Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee, which have had some of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the country.

"This is an area of the country that continues to see the effects of the opioid epidemic," Special Agent in Charge D. Christopher Evans, who's been selected to head the division, told the Free Beacon.

"The new Louisville Field Division will allow us to better address the unique needs and challenges of the central Appalachia region, and better serve the communities within it," he continued. "I look forward to working with the dedicated law enforcement community here and building on the great work that is already taking place in the region."

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