A group of five Republican lawmakers announced new legislation Thursday to increase the charges faced by individuals who traffic in fentanyl, the synthetic opioid responsible for nearly 20,000 deaths in 2016.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) introduced a bill Friday to increase penalties for selling the fully synthetic opioid fentanyl.
A new report released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) shows that immigration and drug trafficking, especially along the southern border, are the primary source of federal offenses.
The number of children hospitalized as a result of opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, a new report published Monday in Pediatrics concludes.
A lawsuit filed last year by West Virginia’s Republican attorney general Patrick Morrissey has resulted in a new Trump administration directive to evaluate the opioid production quota system, which Morrissey says is “responsible for many deaths across the country.”
The Department of Justice will create a new task force to combat the surging opioid epidemic, focused in particular on the contributions of opioid manufacturers and distributors to the epidemic’s rising death toll, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday offloaded nearly two tons of cocaine from one of its ships in Florida.
Law enforcement and prosecutor organizations gave their support to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Thursday decision to rescind Obama-era guidance which discouraged prosecutors from enforcing the federal laws against marijuana in states which had legalized the drug.
Deaths from opioid-driven hospitalizations quadrupled between 2000 and 2014, a new study concluded, painting a grim picture of the decades-long opioid epidemic that killed more than 42,000 Americans in 2016.
The state of California became the sixth, and largest, state to license businesses to sell marijuana for recreational use on January 1, with some stores opening their doors on New Years Day.