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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput (from left) and Sheriff Bill Hutton listen as Ramsey County Attorney John Choi discusses the new East Metro Crime Prevention Coalition at a news conference last week. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

Crime coalition to focus on prescription drug abuse

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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said the prospect of jail time alone is not enough curb the growth of prescription drug abuse.

"I can lock these guys up all day long, but it's a public health issue," Orput said.


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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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