In many parts of the United States and the world, drug addiction is one of the most rampant problems that until now seems to be very difficult to solve. So many people use drugs, even the young ones and there are those who overdose which lead to their death. At the same time, different kinds of crimes are being committed as a result of drug use. This has led the police and other government officials to work harder and put an end to the problem, as well as the rise of addiction treatment centers.
In Tucson, the Tucson Police Department is taking a very sad overdose situation that happened on Thursday and bringing help and hope to those with addiction. When officers arrived to the scene, they found 6 potential overdose victims in their late teens to early 20’s. Four are recovering but 19-year old Aaron Francisco Chavez did not survive.
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“But what they suspect that whatever drug or drugs they took were probably counterfeit drugs and contained fentanyl or a combination of multiple contain a high potency sinthetic opioids,” said Chief Magnus.
Tucson Police officers used a different drug to save the individuals.
“An opioid reversal drug, Naloxone to reverse the effects of these likely opioids,” said Chief Magnus.
Another lifesaving tool police are using is a new initiative called, Deflection.
“If addiction is a disease, why are we incarcerating people for suffering from this illness,” said Zack Stout who is part of the Pima County Justice Reform Unit.