Search

  • Sort by

  • Category

  • Post Type

  • Reset

Take Action: Ask congress to require domain name sellers to take down websites that sell drugs illegally

January 19, 2022
Posted in , , ,

The “Domain Reform for Unlawful Drug Sellers” or “DRUGS” Act would change that by requiring domain name sellers to lock and suspend websites when regulators or law enforcement show evidence that they are selling drugs illegally.
This would be a game changer for patient safety.

Read More

January 18, 2022: Stay on top of COVID with CDC tips for buying real masks; 4 free home tests

January 18, 2022
Posted in ,

The surge of the omicron variant has left people struggling to find COVID tests and upgrading their face coverings. Read on to find suggestions for both, as well as the rest of the week’s counterfeit medicine news.

Read More

Details of counterfeit HIV criminal ring go public

January 18, 2022
Posted in , ,

A new story in the Wall Street Journal revealed details about the mysterious criminal counterfeiting ring that has been selling fake versions of HIV medications Biktarvy, Symtuza, and Descovy to licensed pharmacies. Read to learn some key things about the crime.

Read More
vials in a plastic bag

January 10, 2022: Buyers, beware COVID test scams and counterfeits

January 10, 2022
Posted in ,

Amidst a shortage of COVID-19 tests that has encouraged fraud and counterfeits, the FTC published guidance about how to avoid purchasing fake home test kits online. Catch up on this and counterfeit drug stories across eight states.

Read More
Pic of first page of DEA factsheet about fake pills

January 4, 2022: Fentanyl deaths rise; 13% in western states are from fake pills

January 5, 2022
Posted in ,

Recent analysis at the CDC found that fentanyl is the leading cause of death for U.S. adults ages 18-45, and fake pills are playing a prominent role: in western states, more than 13% of fentanyl deaths involved counterfeit pills. Catch up on all the news here.

Read More

O’Donnell J, Tanz LJ, Gladden RM, Davis NL, Bitting J. Trends in and Characteristics of Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Illicitly Manufactured Fentanyls — United States, 2019–2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 14 December 2021.

December 14, 2021
Posted in , ,

Summary What is already known about this topic? Synthetic opioids, including illicitly manufactured fentanyls (IMFs), were involved in 64% of >100,000 estimated U.S. drug overdose deaths during May 2020-April 2021. What is added by this report? During 2019-2020, IMF-involved overdose deaths increased sharply in midwestern, southern, and western jurisdictions. During 2020, approximately 40% of IMF-involved deaths also involved stimulants, and…

Read More
Senator Cassidy on the U.S. Senate floor with sign about fentanyl deaths

December 13, 2021: Legislators continue to seek permanent scheduling of fentanyl and its analogues

December 13, 2021
Posted in ,

Senators Cassidy and Burr and Representatives Latta and Griffith introduced new legislation to permanently classify fentanyl analogues as Schedule I substances. Temporary scheduling is currently set to expire in February 2022. Catch up on this an 24 more stories in this post.

Read More
Cover of video: Fake Cough Syrup Ring in Texas

Video: Fake Cough Syrup Ring in Texas

December 13, 2021
Posted in , ,

Is there money in counterfeit cough syrup? There really is—but you can never tell what’s in fake medicine and sometimes it will kill you. Watch this week’s video to learn about a recently busted cough syrup ring in Texas.

Read More

Parents & PSM to the Sacramento Bee: Please call these deaths poisonings

December 9, 2021
Posted in ,

The Sacramento Bee has been steadily covering counterfeit pills made with fentanyl since 2016, but it has also used the word “overdose” to describe fake pill deaths. PSM and a group of parents asked the paper to change their language so that the public better understands the threat.

Read More

Video Series – Operation Denial: OCDETF shuts down a three-country fentanyl trafficking conspiracy

December 7, 2021
Posted in , , ,

A teenager dying in North Dakota bought down a fentanyl conspiracy ring that spanned three nations and two continents.

Watch part 5 to learn about the task force that made this investigation possible.

Read More