Illicit Opioids: While Greater Attention Given to Combating Synthetic Opioids, Agencies Need to Better Assess Their Efforts, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 1MB]
"Increased illicit use of synthetic (man-made) opioids has contributed to drug-related overdose deaths. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl--a substance 100 times stronger than morphine--accounted for more than 19,000 of the nearly 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the most recent year for which federal data are available. GAO (Government Accountability Office) was asked to review U.S. agency efforts to combat illicit synthetic opioids. This report examines how U.S. agencies (1) work with international partners to limit production of illicit synthetic opioids; (2) work domestically to limit the availability of and enhance their response to these drugs and how agencies can improve their effectiveness; (3) measure performance in their documented opioid response strategies; and (4) have adapted their approaches to prevention and treatment."
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