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Former DEA Agents Who Inspired Netflix Series “Narcos” Join Policymakers to Discuss Latest Threats Posed By Illegally-Imported Fentanyl
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon), Members of Congress, Law Enforcement Experts, Industry Leaders and Pharmacists Participating in Event
Javier Pena and Steve Murphy (on the right) with the Netflix actors that played them on Netflix’s NARCOS.
WHAT: On Tuesday, April 10th, Members of Congress, former DEA agents, and leading experts in the fight against counterfeit medicines will come together for a discussion on the challenges we face in tackling this illegal drug trade and the widespread impact it is having on communities across the United States. PSM will unveil a new analysis on the extent and reach of the fentanyl threat. A box lunch will be provided.
Dr. Marv Shepherd, President, Partnership for Safe Medicines
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon)
Aaron Graham, Executive Director, Brand Safety & Security, Boehringer-Ingelheim
Javier Peña, Former Agent, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Steve Murphy, Former Agent, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Marty Allain, Senior Program Manager, Pharmacy Verified Websites Program, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. EST
WHERE: Rayburn 2322, 45 Independence Dr SW, Washington DC
About the Partnership for Safe Medicines
The Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) is a public health group comprised of nearly 70 non-profit organizations that are committed to the safety of prescription drugs and protecting consumers against counterfeit, substandard or otherwise unsafe medicines. To learn more, visit www.safemedicines.org.
Fake prescription pills have been found in 43 states, and have killed people in 22 of them.
Fake, fentanyl-laced pills have left a trail of bodies
A father-to-be in Georgia dropped dead after taking a painkiller for a pulled muscle in February 2015. 8 months later, a Californian took a Xanax when he couldn’t sleep, and never woke up. A 17-year-old in Utah died after taking a half of a fake pill in March 2017. Deaths like these have been reported in 22 states.
These pills present real risks for first responders
In 2017, the DEA warned first responders that fentanyl and its analogues can be ingested orally, through injection, inhalation, and even transdermally. Tiny quantities of the drugs can cause illness, respiratory depression or death. Officers, EMTs, nurses, and even working dogs have needed treatment for fentanyl exposure.
Where do these pills come from?
Criminals bring cheap Chinese fentanyl across U.S. borders, but the drug also comes via the mail. A first-class envelope carrying fentanyl, sold as powder or made into fake medicine using inexpensive pill presses, can poison 50,000 people.