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Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Public Health

DEA announced expansion of Operation Crystal Shield

Timothy Shea, acting administrator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, announced Friday that the agency would be expanding Operation Crystal Shield. The expansion identifies two additional methamphetamine “transportation hubs” in 2021. It would work to attack the entire supply... Read More »

US Justice Department sues Walmart over opioids

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it had filed suit against Walmart for its part in the opioid epidemic. According to the complaint filed in federal court, the DOJ alleges that Walmart Inc. unlawfully dispensed opioids from its pharmacies across the country, resulting in... Read More »

DEA launches campaign to reduce drug misuse, overdose

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is launching a new campaign that urges the public to “Secure Your Meds” as part of its effort to reduce drug misuse and overdose. The administration hopes the campaign will remind Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and secure unused... Read More »

Bill to improve opioid detection capabilities advances Senate

A bill by U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins’ (R-LA), the ranking member of the Border Security Subcommittee, that would provide border patrol agents with stronger opioid detection equipment has passed in the Senate, his office said Wednesday. H.R. 4761, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Opioid... Read More »

Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to fraud, kickbacks

Opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracies to defraud the United States and violate the anti-kickback statute. In a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney General’s office said the pharmaceutical company pleaded guilty... Read More »

West Virginia receives $6M grant to fight addiction

The Justice and Community Services section of the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security recently awarded the state a $6 million grant through the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program. Funding will be used for two strategies that provide addiction... Read More »

Data shows overdose deaths in Rhode Island up sharply

Data compiled by the Rhode Island Department of Health’s (RIDOH) Office of the State Medical Examiners show the state saw a sharp increase in the number of accidental drug overdose deaths in the first seven months of 2020. Between January and July 2020, the state tallied 233 accidental drug... Read More »

Rep. McKinley: Congress must continue to combat opioid crisis

On the second anniversary of the passage of the SUPPORT for Patients and Community Act, U.S. Representative David B. McKinley (R-WV) urged fellow legislators not to overlook the opioid crisis facing the country during the Covid-19 epidemic. On Friday, McKinley said that Congress must continue... Read More »

NIH initiative targets opioid use disorder

National Institutes of Health (NIH) personnel have joined other federal entities in outlining support for a $350 million multi-year HEALing Communities Study to address opioid use disorder (OUD) interventions. The HEALing Communities Study is funded by the NIH Helping to End Addiction... Read More »