fentanyl

Fentanyl Spread ‘Alarming,’ Washington Hearing is Told

A U.S. Sentencing Commission hearing was told Tuesday that customs and border patrol agents had seen a “dramatic increase in seizures” of fentanyl and its analogs, from one kilogram in fiscal year 2013, to 208 kilograms in 2016, to 550 kilograms in 2017—a 160 percent increase over the previous year.

Sessions Backs Stronger DEA Role in Combating Opioid Crisis

The Attorney General tells a news conference that “effective enforcement” should be a priority for new legislation. He also announced a new DEA Division for the Appalachian region, and the appointment of Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s top advisers, to oversee White House initiatives to combat opioid abuse. 

MD Testing Federal Plan to Expand Opioid Treatment

Seven states have been approved to allow large residential centers to bill Medicaid for substance abuse treatment, reversing a prohibition that dates to President Lyndon Johnson. Under the new structure, treatment centers receive reimbursement for each patient rather than a set grant.