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U.S. Surgeon General Weighs In On Police Response To Opioid Crisis At PAARI Summit04:24
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United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams, left, and Arlington, Mass., Police Chief Frederick Ryan, center, look at a mobile phone during a break at a national summit focused on police efforts to address the opioid epidemic on Thursday. (Steven Senne/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams, left, and Arlington, Mass., Police Chief Frederick Ryan, center, look at a mobile phone during a break at a national summit focused on police efforts to address the opioid epidemic on Thursday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Speaking at the annual summit of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Institute [PAARI], U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said a culture shift might be needed for both police and public health officials to deal with the nation's opioid epidemic.

Since PAARI began in Gloucester three years ago, more than 400 police departments have become members in the effort that focuses on helping drug users get treatment rather than arresting them.

Adams spoke with WBUR at the event, and our conversation with him aired on All Things Considered.

This segment aired on December 7, 2018.

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Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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