Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force takedown results in charges against 60 individuals, including 53 medical professionals

Charges involve over 350 thousand prescriptions for controlled substances and over 32 million pills; ARPO Strike Force grows to ten districts, expanding to include the Western District of VirginiaWASHINGTON, DC: DEA reports – Attorney General William P. Barr and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, together with multiple law enforcement partners, today announced enforcement actions involving 60 charged defendants across 11 federal districts, including 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in the illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous narcotics and for health…
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Understand that opioid based drugs are highly addictive, different than a beer or a joint. US Industrial Opioid Disaster Kills 72,000 US + Annually.

Understand that opioid based drugs are highly addictive, different than a beer or a joint. US Industrial Opioid Disaster Kills 72,000 US + Annually.
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Multi-agency Partnership Launches $1.55M Challenge for New Solutions to Detect Opioids

Washington, DC: The White House reports - Today, the Opioid Detection Challenge, a $ million USD global prize competition, was launched by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in collaboration with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). The Challenge calls upon innovators to submit novel plans for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids being trafficked into the United States through international mail. “CBP is excited to partner with DHS S&T to identify the next generation of interdiction tools,” CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan…
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DEA announces enhanced tool for registered drug manufacturers and distributors to combat opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC: DEA reports – The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the launch of an enhanced system to help more than 1,500 registered drug manufacturers and distributors nationwide more effectively identify potential illicit drug diversion and combat the opioid epidemic. On Oct. 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law the “Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act,” or the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” (Public Law 115-217). A provision in the bill amends 21 827, requiring the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide drug manufacturers and distributors with access to anonymized information through…
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DOJ may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States – Statement by President Donald Trump

Division C, section 537, provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories.  I will treat this provision consistent with the President’s constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. Washington, DC: White House reports – Today, I have signed into law Res. 31, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019” (the “Act”), which authorizes appropriations to fund the operation of a number of agencies in the Federal Government through September 30, 2019. Certain provisions of the Act (such as Division F, under the heading “Contribution for International Peacekeeping…
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When the amount of opioids prescribed to patients grows, the number of overdoses and deaths from prescription opioids increases. Past misuse of prescription opioids is the strongest risk factor for starting heroin use, especially among people who became dependent upon or abused prescription opioids. – CDC

Prescription opioids (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine) can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but have serious risks, side effects, and cause death. From 1999 to 2017, more than 200,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription opioids, with more than 17,000 prescription opioid overdose deaths occurring in 2017. The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include: Oxycodone (such as OxyContin®)Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®)Methadone Overdose is not the only risk related to prescription opioids. Misuse, abuse, and opioid use disorder (addiction) are also potential dangers. Anyone who takes prescription opioids can become addicted…
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Tips to Help Avoid “Vape” Battery Explosions.

FDA Tobacco reports - You may have heard that e-cigarettes, or "vapes," can explode and seriously injure people. Although they appear rare, these explosions are dangerous. The exact causes of such incidents are not yet clear, but some evidence suggests that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions. The safety tips below may help you avoid a vape battery explosion.
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North Dakota College Wins Campus PSA Contest

WATCH VIDEO - (January 31, 2019) Congratulations to North Dakota State College of Science student Jolisa ‘Jo’ Ross! Her catchy, rapping PSA won the top prize in the 3rd Annual Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest. DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsored the contest as part of Red Ribbon Week activities last fall. Colleges and universities that entered produced a 30- to 60-second antidrug video PSA focusing on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse among college students. Share More: ;utm_source=govdelivery#2018WinningPSA
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – A blizzard of prescriptions’: Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin

Stat News by Andrew Joseph reports – When Purdue Pharma started selling its prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin in 1996, Dr. Richard Sackler asked people gathered for the launch party to envision natural disasters like an earthquake, a hurricane, or a blizzard. The debut of OxyContin, said Sackler — a member of the family that started and controls the company and then a company executive — “will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.” Five years later, as questions were raised about the risk of addiction and overdoses that came with taking OxyContin and opioid medications, Sackler…
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Pharmacist and pharmacy technician sentenced to prison for diverting hundreds of thousands of opioids

PHOENIX, AZ: by  ICE Office of Public Affairs – Pharmacist Vilawoe Aku Boadu, 39, of Peoria, Ariz., was sentenced Thursday by District Judge Steven P. Logan to 120 months in prison. Zinka Sisic, 30, of Phoenix, who worked as a Pharmacy Technician for Boadu, was previously sentenced to 48 months in prison. Boadu and Sisic were both convicted of conspiring to distribute controlled substances and conspiring to launder money involved in a drug trafficking offense. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), DEA, and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the Phoenix Police Department, the Glendale Police…
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Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2018 – White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director Jim Carroll and Department of Agriculture Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse (PDF, MB) is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities.   “Many rural communities in America have been especially hard hit by the opioid crisis,” said Deputy Director Carroll. “ONDCP…
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