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DEA bolsters fight against opioid crisis with 250 additional task force officers
WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration will add 250 task force officers and dozens of additional analysts to areas across America where the opioid crisis is at its worst. DEA task forces act as a force multiplier in carrying out DEA’s mission through coordination and cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Historically, DEA task force officers have been some of the most essential and effective partners in building cases against drug trafficking organizations across the globe.
“DEA highly values its partnerships with task force officers and their parent agencies. These additional assets will strengthen the work DEA is already doing every day to make a difference in the fight against opioid abuse,” said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “Positioning more robust resources such as task force officers in areas haOpioids were responsible for approximately 42,000 of the 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016.