Earlier this month, the advocacy group Trust for America's Health released a comprehensive report designed to raise awareness about the major problem of prescription drug abuse here in the United States. Somewhat shockingly, the report revealed that prescription drugs -- particularly painkillers or opioids -- are now responsible for more fatal drug overdoses that both heroin and cocaine combined.
When police officers receive a call from the dispatch center sending them to a local home or area establishment, they never really know what they will encounter. They may end up providing assistance to an assault victim, issuing a citation for public intoxication or even making an arrest for domestic violence. Needless to say, they have to be prepared for anything.