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Kansas law enforcement officers, prosecutors receive training on opioid overdose death investigation

Release Date: Nov 06, 2017
Attorney General Derek Schmidt gives the opening remarks

TOPEKA – (November 6, 2017) – More than 100 Kansas law enforcement officers and prosecutors received training last week on issues surrounding the investigation and prosecution of death cases resulting from opioid overdoses, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

On Friday, investigators and prosecutors from 50 different agencies convened at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center on the campus of Washburn University. The training was sponsored by Attorney General Schmidt and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI).

“This training made available to Kansas law enforcement the hard-learned experiences of officials from states already hard-hit by the opioid overdose crisis," Schmidt said. "So often, an overdose death is not merely an accident or a tragedy but is the direct result of criminal peddling of poisons on our streets and in our communities."

Last year saw just more than 100 opioid overdose deaths in Kansas and a similar number of methamphetamine overdose deaths.

NAGTRI is the training and research branch of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).  Its mission is to provide high-quality, responsive, innovative training to state and territorial attorney general offices. Attorney General Schmidt currently serves as president of NAAG.

Presenters included personnel from the Kansas and New Hampshire Attorney General’s Offices, Cleveland (Ohio) Police Department, Summit County (Ohio) Prosecutor’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Shawnee County Coroner.

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