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Washington Report – Oct. 31, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: November 1, 2018

On Oct. 24, 2018, NAPO’s Director of Governmental Affairs, Andy Edmiston, was invited to the White House to witness President Trump sign into law the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6). The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is a package of opioid-related legislation that provides significant resources to help address the significant drug crisis our country is facing. The measure includes several NAPO-endorsed provisions that support law enforcement’s efforts to combat opioids; The day after the President signed SUPPORT into law, the Department of Justice held a National Opioid Summit to discuss the impact of the crisis on our communities, the work the Justice Department is doing to enforce our nation’s drug laws, and the challenges on the horizon. The Department also announced millions of dollars in grant funding available to state and local law enforcement to combat opioids including $35 million to combat the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids, and another $35 million to establish new programs to provide services to children victims of the opioid crisis; On Oct. 15, NAPO Executive Director Bill Johnson was quoted in an article for The Salk Lake Tribune, entitled “After shooting suspects, three Salt Lake County officers refused to talk to prosecutors. Johnson was questioned on the prevalence of officers pleading the Fifth in use of force cases: “Bill Johnson, executive director of the Washington D.C.-based National Association of Police Organizations, said he’s been advising his clients against giving (voluntary) statements in use-of-force investigations since 1993. He said he was surprised officers in a metropolitan area as large as Salt Lake County were still giving (voluntary) statements after shootings; It’s the last chance to sign up for NAPO’s Legal Seminar, see link below. For more legislative information, click on the Oct. 31, 2018 Washington Report below.

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