AG Hawley Co-Sponsors Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution Training for Missouri Prosecutors

Aug 29, 2018, 15:45 PM
Aug 29, 2018, 15:44 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services and the National Attorneys General Research Institute, today sponsored a day-long training course covering overdose death investigations and prosecutions. The course focused on issues related to the investigation and prosecution of death cases from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl.

The training was designed to educate assistant attorneys general, state and local law enforcement, and local prosecutors in how to investigate and hold accountable those who dispense, manufacture, or supply drugs that then kill.

“Missouri faces an epidemic because of the harmful effects of opioids,” Hawley said. “I am pleased to work with law enforcement and prosecutors both at home and across the country to ensure that Missouri’s prosecutors and investigators have the tools they need to effectively do their jobs. We must do all that we can to stem the tide of opioid abuse in Missouri.”

National and local speakers participated including representatives from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Medical Examiner’s Office for the City of St. Louis, the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office, the Summit County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office, the Cleveland, Ohio Division of Police, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.