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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