President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand

"We will work to strengthen vulnerable families and communities, and we will help to build and grow a stronger, healthier, and drug-free society." President Donald J. Trump ADDRESSING THE DRIVING FORCES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS: President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse is confronting the driving forces behind the opioid crisis. This Administration secured $6 billion in new funding over two years to fight opioid abuse. The President’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse will: Reduce drug demand through education, awareness, and prevention efforts. Cut off the flow of illicit drugs across our borders and within communities. Save lives…
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DEA and partners hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27

DEA aims to dispose of 10 million pounds of unused pills   WASHINGTON – After collecting a total of more than million pounds (nearly 5,000 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications during 15 previous events over the past eight years, the Drug Enforcement Administration expects to reach a total of 10 million pounds collected following the upcoming fall 2018 Take back event. DEA and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country on Saturday, October 27. The service is free and anonymous.   This weekend, nearly 5,400 collection…
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New Jersey Health Doubles Patients Served by Medical Marijuana to 34,000

TRENTON, NJ:  - Continuing to expand patient access and reform New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program, the Murphy Administration has seen the number of patients in the program double from roughly 17,000 to 34,000 since the day Governor Murphy took office in January. The program has also added 300 doctors and reduced wait times for ID cards. Dispensaries are also now able to post prices, so patients can comparison shop. A series of other reforms have reduced by half the amount of time it takes patients to get ID cards to an average of two weeks; allowed caregivers for terminally ill…
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Medical Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Distributing Opioids, Barbiturates, and Benzodiazepines

The Medical Director of a substance abuse treatment center in Wellington, Florida, pled guilty today to unlawfully distributing controlled substances (opioids, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines). Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; Michael J. De Palma, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI); Jimmy Patronis, Florida Chief Financial Officer; Michael J. Waters, Special Agent in Charge, Amtrak Office of Inspector General (Amtrak-OIG); Isabel Colon, Regional Director, United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL-EBSA); and Dennis…
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Dark Web Administrator Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Narcotics Trafficking and Money Laundering

Southern District of Florida (release) - A French national who was serving at times as an administrator and senior moderator on one of the largest dark web criminal marketplaces was sentenced to 20 years in prison today, after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Adolphus P. Wright of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Miami Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Robert…
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