The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) released its first Strategy for Combating Illicit Opioids. The Strategy was developed using HSI’s intelligence and extensive expertise in investigating the illicit drug supply chain, made unique due to its roots in U.S. Customs. The staggering number of deaths due to drug overdoses–over 100,000 American lives in 2021–makes it clear that more must be done to reduce the supply feeding the nation’s opioid epidemic. As the principal investigative arm of DHS, HSI is well positioned to disrupt drug flows at the transnational criminal level, at U.S. borders and points of entry, and in cyberspace.
Objectives of the Strategy for Combating Illicit Opioids align with President Biden’s 2022 National Drug Control Strategy which focused on two critical drivers of overdose–untreated addiction and drug trafficking. The primary objectives of the HSI strategy are:
Whether you live in a rural area, a large city, or the suburbs, we have all been negativelySteve K. Francis, HSI Acting Executive Associate Director
impacted by the plague of narcotics trafficking in our communities. The American people
deserve a collaborative and comprehensive approach to tackle this problem and there is no
federal law enforcement agency better positioned to advance the fight than HSI. We are
committed now more than ever to standing with our partners and taking every action within our
power to end this epidemic. Our children, families, and loved ones depend on it.