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SAMHSA Extends Methadone Take-Home Flexibility for One Year

Posted 11/18/2021

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is extending the methadone take-home flexibilities for one year, effective upon the eventual expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. This exemption is a continuation of the...
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DEA Issues Advance Notice of Rulemaking for Telepharmacy

Posted 11/17/2021

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is issuing this advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to obtain further information regarding the practice of telepharmacy. Telepharmacy is not specifically defined by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) or DEA regulations; however, to the extent telepha...
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US overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year, officials say

Posted 11/17/2021

An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year, a never-before-seen milestone that health officials say is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a more dangerous drug supply.

Overdose deaths have been rising for more than two decades, accelerated in the past two years and,...
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Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2021 Signed into Law

Posted 11/14/2021

Washington, D.C. On November 10, 2021 President Joe Biden signed into law H.R. 1899, the "Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2021."  H.R. 1899.  H.R. 1899 amends...
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DEA takes aggressive stance toward pharmacies trying to dispense addiction medicine

Posted 11/9/2021

Drug overdose deaths hit record highs last year, and despite medical experts considering medications like buprenorphine the gold standard, less than 20% of people with opioid use disorder typically receive them. The federal government has taken steps to increase the number of clinicians who...
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81-year-old pharmacist charged with trading drugs for sex

Posted 11/4/2021

An 81-year-old pharmacist in Pennsylvania has been arrested and charged with trading pain medication for sexual favors from customers.

The Delaware County District Attorney's Office wrote in a Nov. 1 statement that Martin Brian was arrested and charged with distributing drugs from...
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Bloomington, IL doctor charged with 15 counts of unlawful dispensing, distributing a controlled substance

Posted 10/31/2021

A Bloomington doctor was been indicted September 21 for allegedly unlawfully dispensing and distributing controlled substances from February 3, 2017 through February 6, 2020 in McLean County and elsewhere.

The indictment against Richard Sabbun, 61, unsealed October 28 during his initial...
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Six Individuals Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute More Than 100 Kilograms of Controlled Substances on Long Island and in New Jersey

Posted 10/31/2021

an indictment was unsealed charging Anthony Cyntje, a New Jersey correction officer, Anthony Leonardi, his brother Robert Leonardi, William Junior Maxwell II, who is the rap artist also known as Fetty Wap, Brian Sullivan, and Kavaughn Wiggins with conspiring to distribute and possess controlled...
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NASCSA Elects New Officers/Executive Committee Members

Posted 10/27/2021

NASCSA Elected New Officers and Executive Committee Members at its 37th annual meeting this week in San Antonio, Texas.  Members included the following:

President - Alan McGill (PA); Vice President - Eric Griffin (OH); Secretary/Treasurer - Sidney "Sid" Seal (MS); Jason Slovoski...
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SAMHSA releases 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Posted 10/27/2021

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released findings from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The data suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the nation?s well-being. Americans responding to the NSDUH survey reporte...
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