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Canada Drugs scandal reveals the dangers of drug importation

June 21, 2018

Canada Drugs isn’t the only online pharmacy that puts patients’ lives in serious jeopardy. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy recently examined more than 11,000 online pharmacies and found that 96 percent were operating illegally.

Opioids come from China in the U.S. mail. Here’s how to stop it.

June 18, 2018

LIKE ALL drug scourges, the fentanyl epidemic that claims so many lives every day is a matter of supply and demand. The demand, alas, is made in America. The supply, by contrast, is overwhelmingly imported, with a key source being China, where a poorly regulated cottage industry makes the stuff, takes orders over the Internet and ships it via international mail to the United States, Canada and Mexico.

House of Representatives Passes the STOP Act, Bringing U.S. One Step Closer to Closing Global Postal Loophole Fueling Opioid Epidemic

June 15, 2018

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives came together across party lines to pass the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, introduced by Representatives Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), by a vote of 353-52. The bill now heads to the Senate for debate and passage.

Fentanyl Has Created A New Kind Of 21st-Century Drug Kingpin

June 15, 2018

The introduction of fentanyl and the ever-growing list of its analogues has devastated communities across America, but also created a new sort of drug kingpin. This kingpin uses their knowledge of chemistry to make minor changes to the chemical structure of the drugs that they sell in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the law…

Vermont: Still #1 in Dumb Healthcare Ideas

June 15, 2018

Earlier this month, in the midst of an opioid epidemic ravaging the state, Vermont’s legislature voted to legalize buying drugs from Canada, where government-set price controls keep prices artificially low.

Ten More Indicted For Roles In Major Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

June 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice announced indictments against ten additional defendants for their roles in a major fentanyl trafficking case, bringing the total number of people charged o 32. This conspiracy had participants in China, Canada, and the United States…

Ohio Officials Say No Pills Purchased On The Streets Can Be Considered Safe

June 13, 2018

Law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio have been finding counterfeit prescription pills that are made with illicit street drugs including fentanyl. They want to remind the public that any drug purchased on the street, including pills that look like real prescription medicines, could kill you…

Three Co-Defendants Admit To Their Roles In Massive Utah Counterfeit Pill Case

June 12, 2018

Three new admissions of guilt in court in the major counterfeit pill case that happened in Utah. Alexandrya Tonge, Sean Gygi, and Katherine Bustin all admitted to their roles in the production and distribution of counterfeit pain pill containing fentanyl and counterfeit alprazolam…

Former President of Arizona Sheriff’s Association Warns That Open Borders Make The Opioid Crisis Worse

June 8, 2018

In this editorial, which was published in The Arizona Republic on June 7, 2018, former Pinal County, AZ sheriff Paul Babeu argues that criminal smugglers from Mexico and China are a driving force in the United States’ fentanyl crisis.

Former FBI staffer argues that we cannot deter drug counterfeiters without harsher penalties

June 7, 2018

In a June 7, 2018 editorial for The Hill, Former FBI deputy assistant director and Pharmaceutical Security Institute President Thomas Kubic argues that current sentences and penalties are not strong enough to deter criminal drug importation: “It boils down to this, if an entity — be it an organization or person — opts to engage in activities involving illegal distribution chains, there should be consequences, often certain, swift, and overwhelmingly punitive.”