In this April 6, 2018, photo Mary Daly speaks to an Associated Press reporter in her office at the Department of Justice in Washington. Daly has heard...
In this April 6, 2018, photo Mary Daly speaks to an Associated Press reporter in her office at the Department of Justice in Washington. Daly has heard the criticism: That the tough-on-drugs approach favored by the Trump administration is cruel, ineffective and a return to the failed policies of the 1980s. She’s not buying it. “We need to use tough prosecutions if we are going to get our way out of this epidemic,” said Daly, a longtime federal drug prosecutor recently tapped to oversee the Justice Department’s ambitious efforts to attack the nation’s opioid abuse crisis. “We don’t ignore the need for prevention and treatment efforts, but the notion that tough enforcement is the wrong approach is wrong.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of the Trump administration's tough approach to the nation's drug abuse crisis say it's a cruel return to failed tactics of the 1980s.
But Mary Daly is not buying it. She's the Justice Department's new opioid coordinator, tasked with overseeing efforts to crack down on fentanyl. And she favors tough prosecutions as a way to decrease supply and demand.
Daly is a longtime federal drug prosecutor, and she says enforcement is the way to get out of the epidemic that caused a record number of overdose deaths last year.
She is overseeing efforts to go after dealers who use the dark web to peddle fentanyl from overseas and doctors who recklessly overprescribe pain pills.
She says fentanyl, which is deadly even in small doses, warrants tough tactics.