Sep 14, 2012 at 7:08 am
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - Minnesota officials are urging a statewide drug-abuse strategy that incorporates early education and intervention.
Officials are alarmed at the rising use of prescription opiates and the purity of heroin available in Minnesota. On Thursday, state commissioners, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges called for lawmakers and communities to coordinate an intensive statewide campaign to strengthen drug
Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says prevention is key to this strategy.
The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/QRQmxc) reports Minnesota Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy also warned that lawmakers have failed to address the need for increased chemical dependency treatment programs for state prison inmates.