ADHD drugs such as Adderall spiked among adults in pandemic, CDC finds
Adults using prescription stimulants for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder sharply increased from 2020 to 2021, a government study found, the latest to highlight changes wrought by the pandemic.washingtonpost.com
Massive fentanyl shipment from Grand Rapids enough to kill everyone in Michigan, feds say
DETROIT - Federal drug agents seized 20 kilos of fentanyl this week that was being transported from Grand Rapids to metro Detroit. The Drug Enforcement Administration said that amount of the painkiller fentanyl was enough to provide a deadly dose to nearly all 10 million people in Michigan. Later that evening, Michigan State Police and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office seized 20 kilos of fentanyl and a firearm during a traffic stop in metro-Detroit. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid used for pain relief, is about 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin, federal drug officials say. The DEA says cartels like CJNG and Sinaloa are behind the “vast majority” of fentanyl trafficked in the United States.mlive.com
Op-ed: DEA and FDA rules exacerbate Adderall shortage
A nationwide shortage of Adderall has left many patients struggling to manage their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. But finger-pointing does little to help the many who depend on consistent access to ADHD medications. As one might imagine, these trends have vastly increased demand for the stimulant medications used to treat ADHD, including Adderall. There's no denying that skyrocketing demand for Adderall combined with manufacturing delays at Teva, one of the drug's biggest producers, are partly responsible for the current shortage. In order to set such quotas, the DEA must estimate how much Adderall American patients will require the following year.cnbc.com
Prescription drug take back day happening Saturday in Kalamazoo
As part of the event, there is a drop-off spot at the Kalamazoo Public Safety headquarters, 155 E. Crosstown Parkway, the department said. A Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer will be at headquarters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so any citizen can give up their unneeded prescription drugs. “Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue,” KDPS said in a news release. The take back day accepts all medications, KDPS Public Information Officer Jay Shatara said. Last year, the department collected 123 pounds of medication at KDPS headquarters during the day.mlive.com
DEA: Fake pills containing fentanyl helping drive OD deaths
Federal officials say an increasing number of fake prescription pills containing potentially deadly fentanyl are helping drive overdose death rates to record levels in the U.S. And officials warn that some of the pills are being manufactured in rainbow colors designed to look like candy.
How a previous “48 Hours” story could help prosecutors in a recent murder case
We’re learning how a murder shown in a “48 Hours” episode from 2015 could help police in the death of Amie Harwick, a therapist who at one time was engaged to Drew Carey, host of “The Price Is Right” on CBS. Vlad Duthiers spoke with “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty about this development.news.yahoo.com
Colombian corruption case latest overseas stain for DEA
A Colombian national police officer who was part of an elite unit that worked closely with U.S. anti-narcotics agents has been extradited to Miami to stand trial on charges he betrayed the Drug Enforcement Administration to the same traffickers they were jointly fighting.
McLaren to pay $7.7M to resolve alleged drug violations
Opioid drug overdose deaths are down in US, study finds, but COVID-19 could change that. DETROIT – McLaren Health Care Corp. has agreed to pay the federal government more than $7.7 million to resolve alleged violations of provisions of the Controlled Substances Act. McLaren said a pharmacist at its Port Huron retail pharmacy was “diverting opioids for his own personal use” and has since been fired. McLaren said it exited the retail pharmacy business in 2018, adding that the move was unrelated to the federal investigation. The health system has more than a dozen hospitals across Michigan.
Why you should participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
DETROIT – Prescription medications can be dangerous and even deadly -- and they’re probably just sitting in your medicine cabinet. The Drug Enforcement Administration laid out reasons for all of us to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24. According to the DEA, the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family or friends, often from their own medicine cabinet. In the past, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has been very successful. More information can be found on the official National Prescription Drug Take Back Day website here.
Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle
NEW YORK – Walmart is suing the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis. Walmart says it is seeking a declaration from a federal judge that the government has no lawful basis for seeking civil damages from the company. The lawsuit names the Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr as defendants. Brown went into private practice in the Dallas areaA spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Texas that handled the investigation referred questions to the Justice Department in Washington. The Justice Department declined to comment.
AP Exclusive: 1,500 arrests in DEA violent crime initiative
WASHINGTON – More than 1,500 people have been arrested on state and federal criminal charges in the last three months as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration project focusing on violent crime, the agency’s acting administrator told The Associated Press. Such operations are common for the federal government, but the issue of law-and-order is a major component of President Donald Trump's reelection campaign. The DEA -- under the umbrella of the Department of Justice -- is responsible for investigating major drug cases and international drug smuggling, along with drug gangs who are often responsible for upticks in violence within communities. “By going after the violent crime, we’ve been able to investigate the larger regional groups,” Shea said. “Plus, we’re addressing the violent crime problem in these localities.”
DEA recruits cite 'monkey noises' among claims of racism
While at the Drug Enforcement Administrations Training Academy, Brown said he was once pepper-sprayed three times in a single training exercise while other trainees were sprayed once. When both responded, the white instructor clarified, “I meant the monkey.”That behavior, as alleged in an internal complaint, didn’t stop there. The instructor also was accused of going on the loudspeaker in the tower of the outdoor firing range to taunt black trainees by making “monkey noises.”“We were like, ‘It’s 2019. That shouldn’t even be a thing that we’re dealing with,’” said Derek Moise, who did not hear the noises himself but recalled the discomfort they caused his fellow Black trainees who did. The recruits who originally accused Mortenson are still employed by the DEA and not permitted to speak publicly about the incidents.
Federal authorities bust crew accused in string of Metro Detroit pharmacy break-ins
DETROIT Criminals were breaking into Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registered pharmacies to steal narcotics and sell them on the street. Local 4 Defenders obtained surveillance video from the Crownz Pharmacy in Warren from the early morning hours in June. The Warren pharmacy break in was a part of a string of burglaries committed by a group of individuals working together. The Pharmor Pharmacy on Woodward in Detroit was also targeted, according to the complaint. Hamilton is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 8 in federal court in Detroit.
Its very dangerous: DEA warns of candy-like meth circulating in Midwestern region
DETROIT The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said meth disguised as candy, or child vitamins, is creeping its way into the Midwestern region. This is the first time that weve really seen this, said DEA Special Agent in Charge of Detroit Field Division, Keith Martin. In the last couple months, weve seen these meth pills that look like candy, or some people say they look like Flintstone vitamins, but theyre actually meth pills, Martin said. We do know that the cartels are using the same routes that theyve used for the last hundred years, theyre using the same transportation routes, Martin said. Its dangerous for adults, and its definitely dangerous for children, Martin said.
DEA agent who lost eyesight after being shot makes his new mission to help others
DETROIT – When Joseph Piersante was shot while working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, his life changed forever. Piersante’s job as a DEA agent took him to Afghanistan as part of the FAST Team. “These drug labs, they (the Taliban) fiercely defend them and there all behind enemy lines.”In 2009, while overseas, Piersante was shot in the head and lost his eyesight. “I had a frontal lobe brain injury because the bullet went to the front of my brain. I had two ruptured eye globes and two detached retinas, in which resulted in the brain injury, resulting in the craniotomy,” he said.
Vaping devices now being accepted on Drug Take Back Day
More than medication is being collected during Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. For the first time, vaping devices and cartridges also are being accepted for disposal. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration says the change stemmed from concerns across about illnesses and death associated with vaping and the high rate of vaping among young people. More than 1,600 people, many of them teens and adults, have been sickened in a national vaping illness outbreak that appears to have started in March. Now in its 10th year with twice-yearly collections, the administration's Drug Take Back day has collected more than 11 million pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications.
Angels official provided Tyler Skaggs with drugs
Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (CNN) - A top public relations official with the Los Angeles Angels provided oxycodone to Tyler Skaggs, and abused the drug with him before the pitcher died earlier this year, the employee's attorney told CNN on Saturday. ESPN reported that Eric Kay, the Angels' director of communications, also gave the DEA the names of five other players who he believed were using opiates while with the Angels team. "The Angels maintain a strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff," he said. Skaggs family attorney Rusty Hardin said the family appreciates the work that law enforcement is doing.
FDA, DEA crack down on more websites illegally selling opioids
These warning letters come just months after the FDA issued a similar series of warnings to other opioid-selling website operators. The online networks that received the new warning letters, sent earlier this month, are Divyata, Euphoria Healthcare Pvt Ltd., JCM Dropship and Meds4U. The letters call for the website operators to immediately stop illegally selling the opioids to consumers in the United States. We remain committed to using all available regulatory and enforcement tools to stop the illicit flow of opioids online." Warning letters were also sent to dozens of websites last year on two separate occasions.
In one Ohio county, 10 people died of overdoses within 26 hours
WJLA via CNNCOLUMBUS, Ohio - One Ohio county had an "unusually high number" of overdose deaths in a little over a day, the county's coroner said. "As of about 10 am this morning we have had 10 people die of overdoses in about 26 hours," Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said on Facebook Sunday. The last peak of overdoses that the coroner's office posted about was in August 12, when six people died in less than 24 hours. That same year, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a national alert that said "drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate." In 2017, Franklin County set up a 3-year Opiate Action Plan to combat the opiate epidemic in the state.