DEA Announces Results of Enforcement Surge to Reduce the Fentanyl Supply Across the United States

DEA Announces Results of Enforcement Surge to Reduce the Fentanyl Supply Across the United States

36 Million Lethal Doses of Fentanyl Removed from Communities between May and September WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the results of an enforcement operation that spanned from May to September and resulted in significant fentanyl seizures across the United States.   As part of the One Pill Can Kill initiative, the DEA and its law…

Guide on Suicide and Serious Mental Illness

Guide on Suicide and Serious Mental Illness

Those who live with a serious mental illness (SMI) may be at greater risk of dying by suicide. Major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia are all considered serious mental illnesses. SMI Advisor, in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, has published a guide to inform best practices among clinicians and suicide prevention coordinators when…

DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States.  In August 2022, DEA and our law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.  Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used…

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Maryland has a new way to connect to a local behavioral health crisis call specialist. Calling 988 will connect callers directly to the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline which can provide assistance with substance use or mental health crises. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline replaces the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1- 800-273-8255). All contacts…

DEA Announces National Take Back Day Results

DEA Announces National Take Back Day Results

On April 30, people from across the country helped reduce the risk of prescription medication misuse by bringing unwanted and expired medications to National Take Back Day events. The DEA recently announced that over 720,000 pounds of medications were collected at 5,144 collection sites. This total includes the 1,157 pounds that were collected at the…

Fentanyl Seized in Maryland Could Have Killed Millions

A Maryland family is accused of running an operation that would have distributed large amounts of drugs, including fentanyl, across our state. A police search resulted in the recovery of more than 5 kilograms of fentanyl, more than 500 grams of heroin, and more than 7 kilograms of cocaine and cocaine base. “The organization had…

Two Powerful Drugs Add to U.S. Overdose Crisis

Two Powerful Drugs Add to U.S. Overdose Crisis

According to ABC 7 News, para-fluorofentanyl and metonitazene are being seen more often by medical examiners looking into overdose deaths, according to a recently published government report. They often are taken with — or mixed with — illicit fentanyl, the drug mainly responsible for the more than 100,000 U.S. overdose deaths in the last year. Click here to read…

Emoji Drug Code Decoded

Emoji Drug Code Decoded

The DEA has created a fact sheet to educate the community about the use of emojis in illegal drug activity. The list includes emojis used on social media and in advertising on e-commerce platforms. You can download a copy of the cheat sheet here.

Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

Many people turn to marijuana or cannabidiol to ease their achy joints and help them sleep, but a new study suggests that could wreak havoc with any other medications they’re taking. Why? Because the body uses the same set of enzymes to process them all, scientists report. The chemicals in marijuana — THC, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN)…

Drugs Have Been a Problem in Family for 32% of Americans

Drugs Have Been a Problem in Family for 32% of Americans

STORY HIGHLIGHTS 32% of Americans say that drugs have been a problem in their family Reports of family drug problems have increased across all demographic groups 31% describe local drug problem as extremely or very serious WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly one in three Americans (32%) say that drug use has been a cause of trouble…