Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

In Praise of Kathleen Kane She's Doing a Good Job, despite What You Read in the Papers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

In Praise of Kathleen Kane She's Doing a Good Job, despite What You Read in the Papers

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Recent news coverage about staff turnover and other controversies involving the Pennsylvania attorney general's office seem to suggest that the office is out of control. It is not.

As an employee of the office and an insider with no ax to grind, I can tell you that Attorney General Kathleen Kane is in firm command of those aspects of her office with which I am familiar.

I work in the Bureau of Narcotic Investigations and Drug Control, and my colleagues and I have been working very hard under Ms. Kane's direction. Allow me to explain.

Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals than motor vehicle accidents. What is the attorney general's office, with one of the largest anti-narcotics forces nationwide, doing to address the problem?

It is partnering with local, state and federal agencies on numerous initiatives, such as take-back programs to dispose of unused medications, training to prevent the diversion of prescription drugs into the illegal market, informing medical professionals about opioid prescription guidelines, tracking the deployment of the anti-overdose drug naloxone and attempting to collect overdose death data from Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

The office is working with addicts in recovery to help educate young people. The office and Ms. Kane have co-chaired the Northeast Mid-Atlantic Heroin Task Force with the New York attorney general's office and are partnering with numerous states to combat drug trafficking that crosses state lines.

The attorney general's office has transformed its Intelligence Unit to support and drive investigations statewide. The special agent in charge soon will receive a prestigious award for excellence from the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.

The office is searching for grants to enhance its capabilities and efficiency. It is partnering with the private sector to help educate the public about all the services it provides. …

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