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Federal, local law enforcement warn of surge in illicit opioid trade in Spokane

Fentanly seizures in Eastern Washington have increased nearly 200% this year, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Pills are being sold on Spokane's streets with lethal dosages of the synthetic opioid that follow prescription painkillers and heroin as the next major, dangerous obstacle in the nation's effort to reduce overdose deaths. 

UN agency warns of fentanyl production threat in SE Asia

Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle region.

Watchdog finds DEA was ‘slow to respond’ to opioid epidemic

The Drug Enforcement Administration was “slow to respond” as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Tuesday that faulted the agency for cutting back use of a key enforcement tool and continuing to raise production quotas even as the number of deaths rose.

Drug company used rap video to push for higher doses, sales

Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses.

Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest

Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest – a profitable new business for drug gangs that has pushed the synthetic opioid to the top spot for fatal U.S. overdoses.

This killer opioid could become a weapon of mass destruction

It would take only 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. The fatal potential of even glancing contact with fentanyl is a major reason why national security experts are becoming alarmed at the prospect of it being used to sow terror.

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S.

Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths.

Fentanyl becoming potent problem in Skagit County

With 10 overdose deaths in Skagit County this year – at least six of which the Skagit County Coroner’s Office suspects may be fentanyl-related – the drug wreaking havoc throughout the country seems to have found a foothold here.

Experts: Prince toxicology report shows very high drug level

MINNEAPOLIS – A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy, obtained Monday by the Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Public data released six weeks after his death showed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Drug company founder indicted in U.S.-wide opioid conspiracy

U.S. prosecutors brought a fraud and racketeering case Thursday against the founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing prescriptions of powerful painkillers amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year.

FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening efforts to detect opioids illegally entering the country through the mail, reflecting heightened concerns about the flood of synthetic fentanyl and similar drugs being shipped from China and elsewhere.