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Opinion: Michigan’s made progress fighting illegal drugs

June 18, 2018, David Hiller, The Detroit News

In today’s world, it seems that we hear every day about a new technology that will change our daily lives. Any police officer will tell you just how nice it was to start scanning fingerprints and avoiding ink smudges covering our desks. We in law enforcement have benefited from all kinds of technological advancements, and they are helping us to curb substance abuse and drug production here in Michigan.

Our law enforcement community heard from many Michiganians recently during National Police Week, and while we don’t do our jobs for the praise, we know that this is a good time to reflect on some of the progress we’ve made towards combating illegal drug production and use.

It’s no secret that our state has long struggled with the issue of illegal drugs. In fact, a study recently released by Wallet Hub ranked Michigan the fourth-highest drug use state in the country. Methamphetamine especially has affected our communities in recent years, largely due to the rise of foreign imports coming from Mexican cartels.

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