20 pounds of fentanyl pills seized in massive California drug bust
On the heels of a nationwide warning from the Drug Enforcement Administration about fentanyl-related mass-overdose deaths, News4JAX has learend that police in Southern California seized more than 20 pounds of the drug during a bust in Santa Ana.
Operation Engage aims to prevent opioid overdoses
The Drug Enforcement Administration has now launched Operation Engage. DEA’s Miami Field Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jonathon White says Operation Engage will focus on preventing opioid overdoses. “So, Operation Engage, the timing couldn’t be more critical.”DEA Special Agent Amy Roderick is currently coordinating Operation Engage. Operation Engage started in South Florida and will eventually make its way to the northeastern part of the state. And just days after the DEA rolled out Operation Engage, DEA Acting Administrator D. Christopher Evans on Tuesday announced the release of the 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment.
Opioid overdose calls spike for first time in 5 years
In 2016, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said it responded to 356 overdose calls with 180 of those calls related to opioids. Fast forward to 2020 and the number is up to 385 overdose calls with 243 of the calls being opioid-related. Since 2017, 1,281 people have consented to program services and seven people died from opioids. To give some perspective, JFRD reported 1,703 overdose calls as of March 13, 2019. Chart of JFRD overdose calls since 2015.
State, pharmacies battle over doctors in opioid case
The state later added CVS and Walgreens to the lengthy list of defendants in the case. Moodys lawyers accused the pharmacy companies of filing the third-party complaint in January to delay the already complex litigation. Adding hundreds of unidentified doctors to the case introduces new elements that are not already part of the lawsuit, Migdal said. Litigating these new issues and causes of action would take time and really would divert resources from the states case against the pharmacies, she added. Byrd agreed to strike the third-party complaint but said the pharmacy chains could try again, with the names of specific doctors.
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