Montana Law Enforcement Fighting Drug Overdoses
Law enforcement seems to be trying almost anything to combat the growing drug problem. More and more people are getting addicted to heroin, and more and more people are dying of overdoses. What if someone dies because you gave or sold them the drugs? Maybe prosecuting those people will make drug dealers and friends more careful about distributing drugs.
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has joined with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), trying to train law enforcement officers and prosecutors on how to best build a strong investigation. With a strong investigations of overdoses deaths, juries will convict people who gave the addict the drugs.
“The enforcement of laws related to substance abuse is a large and growing component of the work done by Montana’s law enforcement agencies and courts,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “We were pleased to partner with NAGTRI to develop this training as part of our Aid Montana initiative as just one of the ways we can tackle our substance abuse epidemic head on. This course offered a good opportunity for law enforcement officers and prosecutors to train alongside one another to develop strategies on how to best approach cases that result from overdose deaths.”
NAGTRI is a branch of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Its mission is to provide high-quality, responsive, innovative training to state and territorial attorney general offices.
“Montana was the second stop for this statewide training centered around methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl overdose deaths that NAGTRI is offering across the country,” said Chris Toth, NAAG Deputy Executive Director and NAGTRI Director. “This course is designed to help states in the investigation and prosecution of overdose deaths and serves as one more resource to help them keep their communities safe and save lives.”
The training was attended by prosecutors from several Montana County Attorney Offices and law enforcement officers from across the state.