(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday named a top White House lawyer as the new head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency’s prior acting administrator announced his retirement last month. Uttam Dhillon, who most recently served as deputy White House counsel, was named as the DEA’s acting administrator at a time when the agency is devoting much of its attention to grappling with a national opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016. U.S. President Donald Trump declared the crisis a public health emergency in October. “The work of the Drug Enforcement Administration is critical to fighting this crisis, and President Trump and I are committed to continuing to give it the strong leadership it deserves,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. Dhillon replaces Robert Patterson, a 30-year agency veteran who became the DEA’s acting … [Read more...] about Trump administration names new U.S. drug enforcement chief
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Updated 6:40 pm, Monday, June 18, 2018 Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Robert Patterson speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. A spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration says the agency’s acting administrator will be retiring at the end of June. less FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Robert Patterson speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. A spokeswoman for the Drug ... more Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Acting drug enforcement chief set to retire at end of month 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement … [Read more...] about Acting drug enforcement chief set to retire at end of month
Law enforcement and drug abuse prevention agencies will host Drug Takeback Day at more than two dozen locations in Western Virginia on April 28.People are asked to bring medications to drop-off places so that local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration can destroy them. Pills and patches will be accepted, but not sharp objects such as needles and syringes.No appointments are necessary and no questions will be asked.The following locations will accept unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:• Roanoke: Towers Mall CVS at 2001 Colonial Ave. S.W., Valley View Target CVS at 4737 Valley View Blvd. N.W. and CVS at 702 9th St. S.E.• Roanoke County: Kroger at 4488 Electric Road, Kroger at 3970 Valley Gateway Blvd., Walgreens at 4049 Brambleton Ave. and Fire & Rescue Station No. 1 at 150 Hershberger Road• Salem: Super Shoes at 1838 W. Main St., Virginia State Police headquarters at 3775 W. Main St., and VA Hospital Building … [Read more...] about Med Beat: Drop off unused medications on Drug Takeback Day on April 28
By John D. Harden Published 4:17 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018 A Houston man who once owned a line of luxury car dealerships has been charged and arrested for operating a drug trafficking organization that operated for the last five years, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. According to court records, John D. Leontaritis, was arrested on Friday and is set to appear before a judge on Tuesday in Beaumont. A two-count indictment returned last week alleged Leontaritis conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The indictments also alleged that from 2013 to 2017, he conspired with others to traffic methamphetamine for distribution in Houston and Beaumont. A federal grand jury has already indicted seven other members of this drug trafficking organization, charging them with manufacturing and distributing thousands of pills containing a mixture of methamphetamine as part of the conspiracy, according to the district court. … [Read more...] about Former owner of luxury vehicle dealerships arrested for drug trafficking
As doctors, one of our primary responsibilities is to alleviate pain. Dr. Mike is an anesthesiologist and internist who, at the Cleveland Clinic, ran one of the largest pain therapy centers in the world; and as a heart surgeon, Dr. Oz is devoted to easing cardiac-related pain and helping patients manage pain post-surgery. For years, the medical profession relied on opiates to do the job, but now — because of the spike in addiction and overdoses from opioids — we have to find alternatives.Each day in America opioid overdoses send more than 1,000 people to the emergency room, and prescription opioid pain relievers accounted for 20,101 deaths from overdose in 2015. In 2017, it appears opioid overdoses account for more deaths (over 100 a day) than auto accidents.How did we get here? The medical profession recognized that it needed to do more to help people deal with pain, but went too far. That coincided with the 1996 debut of the opioid pain reliever OxyContin (oxycodone). … [Read more...] about The You Docs: Is marijuana the exit drug out of the opioid crisis?