White House counselor Kellyanne Conway will lead the way on the national public health emergency involving opioid abuse as President Donald Trump’s “opioid czar.”
Some 560 tons of cocaine were seized in the eastern Pacific and Caribbean since 2016 and the massive haul represents a fraction of the illicit drug smuggled into the United States, according to the head of a Southern Command anti-drug task force.
The Drug Enforcement Agency will designate all illicit analogue forms of the powerful opioid fetanyl as a schedule one drug on an emergency basis, the Department of Justice announced Thursday, equipping the agency to more effectively combat a major contributor to the swelling opioid epidemic.
The Drug Enforcement Administration collected a record-busting 912,305 pounds (456 tons) of prescription drugs during its fourteenth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, new numbers released Tuesday showed.
Drug poisoning deaths reached a record level in 2015, outpacing suicide, homicide, car crashes, and firearms deaths, according to a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A new Gallup poll shows 64 percent of Americans now think marijuana should be legal, the highest level since tracking began in 1969.
Multiple bills circulating through Congress indicate lawmakers are interested in allowing Americans to import prescription drugs from Canada and other nations, even though that proposal has been strongly criticized by leading members of the law enforcement community.
The Washington Post fact-checker on Tuesday gave Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) four Pinocchios for claiming she was not in the Senate last year when Congress passed a bill that weakened the ability of the Drug Enforcement Administration to go after drug distributors as opioid-related deaths in the country continued to rise.