Resources for Law Enforcement
Law enforcement is our central defense against counterfeit drugs in the United States. Federal agents and police officers all over the country are working at capacity to stop fake drug operations that threaten Americans. Whether you're an intelligence analyst or a Public Information Officer, the resources below will help you to educate your own department and the public about the dangers of counterfeit medicines. Check out our Publications page for free materials you can share. For information about counterfeit medicine in your state, see our Fake Medicine In Your State page.
To learn more about the policy positions we support that help law enforcement do their jobs safely and effectively, see our Policy page.
Counterfeit Medicine and Drug Importation
- What do major law enforcement organizations think about drug importation proposals? They don't like them. Read about resolutions and objections to drug importation raised by the nation's leading organizations.
- Counterfeit Drugs In America: Crimes, Victims & Solutions - our primer about the threat counterfeit medicines pose to Americans.
- Op-eds from Policymakers on Drug Importation - law enforcement, regulators and patient advocates writing about the dangers of importation.
- Report on the Potential Impact of Drug Importation Proposals on U.S. Law Enforcement - former FBI Director Louis Freeh's 2017 report about the dangerous effects of drug importation.
Illegal Pill Presses: An Overlooked Threat to American Patients (NABP, NADDI & PSM, March 2019) An overview of the current state of illicit pill presses.
Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders (DEA, June 2017). Offers an overview of fentanyl trafficking in the U.S. and guidance for first responders about how to protect themselves.
Protecting First Responders on the Frontlines of the Fentanyl Epidemic (Meeting Proceedings, Department of Homeland Security, September 2017)
Fentanyl 101. Our infographic explains what fentanyl is, where it comes from and how it's getting into counterfeit medicines in the U.S.
Counterfeit Pills Made with Fentanyl. PSM maintains updated information about incidents involving counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl on this page and its state subpages. Check here to see how counterfeit pills are affecting your state.