Gulluni talked about crime, drug crisis with business leaders

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Local business leaders gathered in Springfield Tuesday morning to hear from the state’s youngest district attorney.

At the TD Bank Conference Center downtown, Hampden County D.A. Anthony Gulluni spoke about his first year in office to the Springfield Regional Chamber (formerly the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield). Gulluni touched on several topics that continue to challenge the region, including ongoing violence in Springfield, and the opioid crisis in western Massachusetts.

“What we’re trying to do is deal with the flow of prescription drugs, both in how they are being prescribed, and getting them out of people’s medicine cabinets through drug drop offs and medicine return boxes,” Gullini said.

The D.A. said that he is also pushing for a drug court in Hampden County, which would separate defendants with addictions out of the mainstream court system. Gulluni said that could better link them with appropriate addiction services.

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