Response to the opioid epidemic by law enforcement is to save addicts with a counteracting drug and push for treatment over arrest. Contrast that with crack in the 80s, when addicts did hard time and the war on drugs raged on. What's different? Some say we've learned what doesn't work. Others see race playing a factor in the response: Crack was big in black neighborhoods; heroin today kills white suburban kids.
-Ronnie Dunn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, CSU
-Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
-Dr. Thomas Gilson, M.D., Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner
-Hon. Lauren Moore, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge, Cleveland Municipal Drug Court
-Det. Jim Larkin, Lorain County Drug Task Force
-Mark Simpson, Managing Producer for News, Ideastream
-Mary Lou Brink, Business Editor, The Plain Dealer