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State Lawmakers Contemplate Involuntary Detention for SUD

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Some state lawmakers are contemplating enacting laws that permit certain patients with severe substance use disorder to be involuntarily detained for short-term observation and, in some cases, treatment. Such laws raise ethical, legal, medical, and practical questions.

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DEA sues Colorado pharmacy board for refusing to release patient data

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is suing the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy, demanding it share patient information from its prescription drug monitoring program, according to The Colorado Sun.

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DEA to Demonstrate “How Little They Know About What They Imagine They Can Design”

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The DEA reduced opioid production by 25% in 2017, 20% in 2018 and another 10% in 2019. After mass shortages of injectable medications nationwide, the agency admits that less than 1% of production drugs are diverted into the black market. With no correlation between production and misuse, the agency intends to further reduce supplies.

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US officials in cooperation with Chinese officials, jail 9 on fentanyl trafficking

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DEA officials announced on November 7, 2019, a Fentanyl bust in cooperation with Chinese officials which netted enough of the substance to kill 6 million people. 9 Chinese citizens were arrested and a Chinese court imposed a suspended death sentence on one and life imprisonment for the remaining eight, all pleaded guilty to smuggling fentanyl into the U.S.

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DOJ Investigation into DEA Role in Opioid Crisis

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Share the News376  3 379SharesBy R Carter When trying to define accountability or the lack thereof, to which groups played a role in how the opioid overdose…

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DEA Finally Takes Aim at Real Cause for Opioid Overdoses

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The DEA has proposed new controls for three precursor chemicals used to illicitly manufacture fentanyl.

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DEA Raid Nets 300 Arrests and 600 Pounds of Drugs in Florida

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The DEA searched and shut down a dozen Florida pharmacies this week as part of “Operation Cazador,” seizing roughly 200,000 opioid pills, more than 35 weapons and about $3.3 million in assets, NBC News reported Friday. 

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DEA Proposes New Cuts in Opioid Production for 2020

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to reduce the manufacturing of five Schedule II opioid controlled substances in the United States next year

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CDC Reports Illicit Fentanyl Appearing in Nearly All Illicit Overdose Deaths

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Overall they report about a 5% decrease in Prescription Overdose Deaths when compared to the time frame 2014-2017. Yet in this same time frame, overdoses from illegally manufactured Fentanyl are up 11% with 63% of those reporting combined Fentanyl use with benzodiazepines, cocaine, or methamphetamine.

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Michael Barnes Calls for and end to Indiscriminate DOJ Raids on Doctors

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This articles by Pat Anson of Pain News Networks sites the first opinion piece from a practicing attorney that I have read since I started covering the opioid crisis and it is long overdue. Counselor Barnes is a managing partner of DCBA Law & Policy, a law firm that advises healthcare providers.

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