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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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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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CDC Publishes New Statistics on Drug Overdoses

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On September 6, 2019 the CDC published updated data on it’s Injury Prevention and Control website and the major takeaway is that drug overdose deaths are continuing to rise.

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DOJ Announces Results in Fight Against the Opioid Crisis At One Year Mark of Operation S.O.S.

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Over the past year, 10 districts with some of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country, each targeted a county where they focused on prosecuting every readily available case involving fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other synthetic opioids, regardless of the drug quantity.

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Posted in Drug Abuse Who are the bad actors? Government, Healthcare or Patients?

Nov 2018 Provisional Overdose Deaths – CDC

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Simple explanations for drug abuse have rarely, if ever, produced insights that lead to effective means for combating the problem

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The Josh Bloom No Spin Cycle

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Share the News11    11SharesBy R Carter Having followed the opioid overdose data closely, both from my state and from the CDC, I’ve been anticipating press releases…

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The Governments’ War on Prescription Opiates – Does Context Really Matter?

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If your like most people, you’ve read the headlines and followed government’s efforts. Yet while it sounds compelling, there’s a lingering doubt that there’s more to opiate crisis than what you’ve been told.

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If It Bleeds It Leads

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The combination of poor research standards, profit motive, compromised ethics, ideological bias, political pressure and a rush to judgement by the press, is a bad combination when making policy which affects the health and lives of millions

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AKA letter to CDC on Kratom reads like déjà vu when compared to claims made about prescription opiates

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A recent letter from the American Kratom Association (AKA) in response to a report issued by the CDC on Kratom being detected by medical examiners and coroners, reads like déjà vu when comparing it point by point to claims made about the role of prescription opiates in the drug overdose crisis

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