Changes to Erie County drug death protocol

As the opioid epidemic continues to take lives across Erie County, district attorney Jack Daneri put his foot down.
 
He said it's time to start looking at drug deaths with a new lens.
 
"We need to treat the scene are a crime scene. So what that means is that the work done by authorities by the scene is going to be more involved," said Daneri. 
 
Starting October first, every drug death in Erie County will be looked at as a crime scene. 
 
The City of Erie is a few steps ahead of many other departments.
 
Chief Don Dacus said his officers have been investigating overdoses like potential criminal events for about two years. 
 
"I think there needs to be an official protocol for all police agencies, regardless of size, so that we can all understand each other and make sure that we're all trying to do what we can to help better the community," said Dacus.
 
Dacus says having an across the board protocol for every department could have a positive impact on the Erie area as a whole.
 
"Our goal is to stop, deter and prevent any future overdose deaths," said Dacus.
 
Daneri said cases that directly link the death to the drug and connect the victim to the dealer will result in prosecution. 
 
He told us the protocol will hold these dealers accountable and help get them off the streets.
 
"We have to do something different. We can't just keep doing business as usual and watching our individuals in our community die day after day," said Daneri. 
 
Other counties across Pennsylvania have implemented similar procedures.
 
Daneri said he knows the change won't solve the drug epidemic as whole, but it's a step in the right direction. 
 
 
 
 

 


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