Community Focus


DEA’s 360 Strategy responds to the heroin and prescription opioid pill crisis. The 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through:

  1. Coordinated Law Enforcement actions against drug cartels and heroin traffickers in specific communities;Heroin/Perscription Opioid Overdose Epidemic
        1. Diversion Control enforcement actions against DEA registrants operating outside the law and long-term engagement with pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies, and practitioners; and
        2. Community Outreach through local partnerships that empower communities to take back affected neighborhoods after enforcement actions and prevent the same problems from cropping up again.

        DEA rolled out the 360 Strategy in November 2015 in Pittsburgh together with the U.S. Attorney and state and local partners. Since that time, DEA has deployed the strategy in other pilot cities and is using the three-pronged approach in all DEA Field Divisions.

        See: 360 Factsheet (pdf)

        2016 Pilot Cities

        In 2016, the DEA launched four micro websites focused on the opioid epidemic in each of these cities– Louisville, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.  The sites below offer resources for parents and educators, as well as information about opioids for young people.

        banner for Louisville 'Wake up' site





        banner for Milwaukee 'Wake up' site





        banner for St. Louis 'Wake up' site




        St. Louis

        banner for Pittsburgh 'Wake up' site





        Coming Soon: 2017 Pilot Cities
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        Manchester 360 website banner