Monroe County D.A. announcing new strategy for battling the opioid crisis

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Rochester, N.Y. – There’s a new strategy to fighting the opioid crisis in Monroe County. It involves better tracking of trouble spots, and a quick and targeted response.

It starts with a new form for police; officers from every major police agency in the county will submit the forms to a downtown command post daily. The form breaks down what happened during a drug call, information about the drug user and the type of drug.

The forms will be submitted within 24-36 hours after the incident.

District Attorney Sandra Doorley said a commander from the Sheriff’s Office will review the data every day at 8 a.m. and deploy teams of officers from all over the county to follow up, track patterns and make arrests.

“We need fresh intelligence gathered within 24 hours of an overdose,” Doorley said at a news conference Wednesday. “Stale intelligence is no intelligence at all for the D.A.’s office to put dealers in jail on homicide charges.”

Doorley is also pushing to charge more drug dealers with homicide. Two have been charged for murder in the last year, and she is reportedly building up at least two more cases – one in Pittsford and the other in Chili.

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