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DEA Fines Walgreens $80 million for Illegal Handling of Opiates

DEA Fines Walgreens $80 million for Illegal Handling of Opiates

  Walgreens, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, has agreed to pay $80 million in fines to settle a case  resulting from an extensive DEA investigation involving the illegal sale of opiates. During the course of this investigation, it was discovered that Walgreens had failed to meet regulations for keeping records as well as reporting suspicious activity – ranging from inordinately large pharmaceutical orders to filling prescriptions that were prescribed by a flagged doctor. The DEA believes that … Read entire article »

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DEA Settles with Walgreens for $80 Million for Illegal Handling of Opiates

DEA Settles with Walgreens for $80 Million for Illegal Handling of Opiates

  Walgreens, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain, has agreed to pay $80 million in fines to settle a case  resulting from an extensive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation. The investigation discovered that Walgreens had failed to meet regulations for keeping records as well as reporting suspicious activity – ranging from inordinately large pharmaceutical orders to filling prescriptions that were prescribed by a flagged doctor. The DEA believes that this oversight contributed thousands of pills to … Read entire article »

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Drug-Dogs Used on Houses

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Drug-Dogs Used on Houses

  The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling last month clarifying what police can do with drug-sniffing dogs. According to the nine justices, police forces cannot bring specially-trained dogs onto a suspect’s property without first obtaining a search warrant. The decision will likely limit how police investigators utilize their K-9s to search out drugs, explosives, and other items or substances that they are specially trained to detect. The court ruled to uphold the Florida Supreme Court’s … Read entire article »

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FDA Concerned over Growing Rate of Prescription Opioid Abuse

FDA Concerned over Growing Rate of Prescription Opioid Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are becoming alarmed at the increasing rate of prescription drug abuse in the United States, specifically opioid painkillers. Opioids are chemical compounds that bind to specific opioid receptors in the brain, the central and peripheral nervous system, and other tissues in the body. Opioids are found in prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin,) oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and are typically prescribed by doctors following a physical injury or … Read entire article »

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Ex-DEA Officials Insist for the Federal Government to Fight Pot Laws

Ex-DEA Officials Insist for the Federal Government to Fight Pot Laws

After votes last fall, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana’s recreational use, putting federal authorities in a dilemma over how, or whether, to respond. Nevertheless, as recently reported in the news, former DEA chiefs Bensinger, John Bartels, Robert Bonner, Thomas Constantine, Asa Hutchinson, John Lawn, Donnie Marshall, and Francis Mullen, of whom served for both Republican and Democratic administrations, insisted that our federal government and the Obama administration have been sluggish … Read entire article »

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The Battle Against Legal Highs Rages On

  Florida law enforcement officials have been stymied in recent months, not knowing how to arrest and prosecute “bath salt” abusers. Meanwhile, in the quest for a legal high, people are dying from drug overdoses. In the state of Florida alone, 20 people have been killed by these substances. Since April 2011 bath salts have made several headlines. The state Attorney General had issued a temporary ban on the drug in Florida. Within three months, the U.S. Department of Justice classified this fine white powder an “emerging domestic threat.” The substances, which are labeled “not for human consumption,” mimick the effects of more potent drugs and have the potential to yield dire consequences. Victims are frequently being rushed to emergency rooms and scientists can only guess what their long-term effects will be. Drug … Read entire article »

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The Conundrum of Legal Classification and Prosecution of Synthetic Drugs

  Watching the popular show, Drugs Inc., on the National Geographic Channel last night, I stumbled upon the relatively new but alarmingly prevalent subject of Synthetic Drugs.  Highly publicized within the last year due to several dramatic and horrendous public occurrences of misuse (and the dire consequences that followed) these new designer drugs include popular versions of Spice products, Bath Salts, and K2.  Drugs Inc. sheds a curious new light to the War on Drugs, examining the relationship between users, dealers, medical professionals, public awareness, local police, and federal agencies including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security.  Of particular interest to me, unlike the firmly established legal definitions of drug use and legal punishments, was how the show documented law enforcement’s difficulty with both prosecuting … Read entire article »

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Drug Cartels Going Underground

Drug Cartels Going Underground

  Authorities recently found several new tunnels designed to transport drugs across the US- Mexico border.  Used to escape detection at heightened crossings into the states, these tunnels seem to have been built by someone with knowledge of engineering.  Lined with plywood, they are reinforced using four-by-six beams; one of the tunnels was found in an abandoned strip mall in Western Arizona.  The other started in Tijuana and was leading toward San Diego, but was discovered … Read entire article »

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CA doctor charged with murder in prescription drug deaths

CA doctor charged with murder in prescription drug deaths

  Los Angeles Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria has ordered Dr. Hsui-Ying “Lisa” Tseng to stand trial for second-degree murder in the deaths of three patients she prescribed painkiller medications to.  Tseng was charged in March 2012 following the 2009 deaths of Joey Rovero, 21; Vu Nguyen, 29; and Steven Ogle, 25.  Among the medications prescribed by Tseng were oxycodone, muscle relaxant Soma, and anti-anxiety drug Xanax. Tseng, 42, has pleaded not guilty to 24 … Read entire article »

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Drug Czars Toot Their Own Horn Over National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Drug Czars Toot Their Own Horn Over National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

  On Saturday April 28, 2012, the Drug Enforcement Agency planned a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Working with local officials, the DEA asserts that the Drug Take-Back Day reduces the risk for abuse of prescriptions.  While my parents were a bit too wary about my sister’s and my potential for drug abuse, I can’t say that I didn’t regularly go through my parents’ medicine cabinets in an attempt to find the good pills.  I never … Read entire article »

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