**FILE** D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (Courtesy photo)

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced this week that the city has joined the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Heroin Task Force to help eradicate deaths from heroin overdoses.

The city will collaborate with multiple state law-enforcement agencies — that include those in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Maine — to fight heroin distribution networks.

“Other states in our region are seeing a serious spike in deaths from heroin overdoses, and regional cooperation is vital to devising and implementing comprehensive solutions — including education, treatment and enforcement,” Racine said. “We want to get ahead of the problem in the District of Columbia, and we are pleased to partner with other Attorney General offices in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

Information shared among participating law enforcement agencies includes suspects and persons of interest, distribution routes and stash houses used to store heroin, and practices in education and outreach efforts aimed at fighting heroin addiction.

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