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Heroin & Opioid Awareness Week

Prescription Opioid & Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, September 18-24, 2016

President Obama has designated the week of September 18-24, 2016, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. 

“The heroin and opioid epidemic is one of the most urgent law enforcement and public health challenges facing our country,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “Through National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week, the Department of Justice seeks to raise awareness and prevent new victims from succumbing to addiction; to highlight the department’s ongoing commitment to holding accountable traffickers and others responsible for this epidemic; and to help provide treatment to those grappling with addiction.  To be successful in this important endeavor, we need the help of all our federal, tribal, state and local partners.  In the months ahead, we will continue working to erase this scourge from our communities and to ensure a brighter future for all Americans.”

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week will reinforce the Justice Department’s three-fold approach to the opioid and heroin epidemic: 

  1. Prevent new victims from succumbing to addition
  2. Strengthen enforcement efforts
  3. Provide treatment for addiction

During this week, the Attorney General, the Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, and various component heads, as well as U.S. Attorneys' Offices and Bureau of Prison facilities participate in over 250 events across the country as part of a state-by-state strategy in coordination with DOJ leadership.