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Sunday, May 9th, 2021

Public Health

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 »

Justice Department funds target addiction

Department of Justice personnel said the agency has earmarked more than $341 million in grants to aid the nation in combating addiction. “The addiction crisis has taken an enormous toll on America’s families and communities, eroding public health, threatening public safety and claiming tens... Read More »

Utah man receives drug trafficking life sentence

The Justice Department said U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball sentenced a Utah man to life in prison for heading an organization that distributed more than 500,000 counterfeit pills nationwide. Authorities said the sentence was handed down to Aaron Michael Shamo, 30, indicating he was the CEO... Read More »