Central Ohio will be the 17th site where the DEA will implement its anti-substance abuse and violent crime campaign, officials announced on Monday.
Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit Field Division, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mauricio Jimenez, Columbus Division Office, said the program would work with existing agencies in Central Ohio to attack not only substance abuse and prescription drug abuse, but also the violent crime that is often associated with it using the DEA’s “Operation 360” program.
“Operation 360” uses a three-prong, comprehensive approach to fighting the cycle of substance abuse and violent crime through community outreach, diversion control, and law enforcement coordination.
“Central Ohio 360 will incorporate faith-based initiatives, work to provide existing outreach programs with training and resources, support and help promote public messaging and assist grassroots movements such as Project Fairfield County Overdose Response Team (Project FORT) and Rapid Response Emergency Addiction Crisis Team (RREACT) within each community,” said Jimenez. “Our goal is to empower Central Ohio communities to be part of the solution, and give hope to young people and enable them to make better choices for a healthier and happier life.”
Officials said a press conference with all the key stakeholders and partners announcing the launch of the campaign would be held at a later date.