The White House Council of Economic Advisers says the true cost of the opioid epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion. The council says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. A 2016 study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the U.S. in 2013 cost $78.5 billion.
Police departments recorded an aggregate uptick in personnel of 1 percent when staffing totals for all agencies reporting data to the FBI in both 2015 and 2016 are compared. While that’s not much, it does represent a slight increase from recent years.
The Justice Department changes sides, urges the Supreme Court to reject an appeal by a Florida man who says he was sentenced to prison for seven more years than the law allowed.
Police dog handlers say dogs are a valuable method for subduing dangerous suspects while protecting officers from harm. Critics say they can inflict serious injuries and are not good “pain compliance tools.”
Violent crime in Chicago this year has fallen only slightly since last year, when 780 people were killed in Chicago — the most the city has seen in any year since the mid-1990s, found a Chicago Sun-Times analysis.