DEA Launches New Initiative to Combat Drug-Related Violence and Overdoses in Communities Across America

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced a new initiative, Operation Overdrive, aimed at combatting the rising rates of drug-related violent crime and overdose deaths plaguing American communities. Last fall, the DEA initiated a data-driven approach using national crime statistics and CDC data to identify hot spots of drug-related violence and overdose deaths across the country. This will enable the agency to direct its law enforcement resources to areas where they will have the most impact: the communities where criminal drug networks are causing the most harm. Operation Overdrive, which launched on February 1, 2022, uses a data-driven, intelligence led approach to identify and dismantle criminal drug networks operating in areas with the highest rates of violence and overdoses. The DEA, working in partnership with its fellow federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, has mapped the threats and initiated enforcement operations against those networks in 34 locations across 23 states in the initial phase of Operation Overdrive.

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