Legal Authorities Under the Controlled Substances Act to Combat the Opioid Crisis [Updated December 18, 2018] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Document: "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual number of drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioids (such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone) and illicit opioids (such as heroin and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl) has more than quadrupled since 1999.A November 2017 report issued by the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis also observed that '[t]he crisis in opioid overdose deaths has reached epidemic proportions in the United States... and currently exceeds all other drug-related deaths or traffic fatalities.' How the current opioid epidemic happened, and who may be responsible for fueling it, are complicated questions, though reports suggest that several parties likely played contributing roles, including pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, doctors, health insurance companies, rogue pharmacies, and drug dealers and addicts. Many federal departments and agencies are involved in efforts to combat opioid abuse and addiction, including a law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which is the focus of this report."
CRS Report for Congress, R45164
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