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State Lawmakers Contemplate Involuntary Detention for SUD

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

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”

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

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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Posted in DEA Law Enforcement Who are the bad actors? Government, Healthcare or Patients?

DOJ Investigation into DEA Role in Opioid Crisis

By R Carter When trying to define accountability or the lack thereof, to which groups played a role in how the opioid overdose problem grew to such proportions, I’ve often used this analogy.   The Analogy   Image the Federal Government providing funds to build an interstate highway system through…

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DEA Finally Takes Aim at Real Cause for Opioid Overdoses

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

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

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

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

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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