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Tilley has right ideas for reimagining response to drug epidemic

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley is saying a lot of important things. Everyone should be listening. “Stop using this criminal-justice hammer to address a public-health nightmare,” Tilley told journalists learning to cover substance abuse and recovery recently, according to Kentucky Health News. Tilley’s speech at the day-long workshop in Ashland covered a lot of ground and made it crystal clear just how far Kentucky has yet to go to truly address the current drug-abuse epidemic. Tilley suggested the time for incremental changes is past — “I think it’s high time that we quit tweaking and begin with a new model,” KHN quoted him saying.

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