The Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli is in Knoxville, Tenn., today to announce new counties designated as part of the nationwide High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) program. The HIDTA program provides assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.

Earlier this week, CADCA staffers attended a roundtable discussion on the opioid epidemic that has affected Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The discussion was convened by former Virginia governor and current Democratic Senator, Tim Kaine with support from the local coalition there, the Northern Shenandoah Substance Abuse Coalition in Winchester.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin.

CADCA will play an instrumental role in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) comprehensive new 360 Strategy to address heroin, opioid abuse, and violent crime.

CADCA will play an instrumental role in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) comprehensive new 360 Strategy to address heroin, opioid abuse, and violent crime.

A coalition in Pennsylvania has worked to raise awareness about medicine abuse in their community, especially with over-the-counter products containing dextromethorphan (DXM). When used as directed, DXM is a safe and effective cough suppressant. But the coalition knew that some youth were purchasing and consuming large amounts of cough medicine to get high. Cough syrup abuse is believed to have contributed to a local student stabbing his grandmother.

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a website focused on increasing education about opioid misuse and providing resources for communities. HHS.gov/Opioids is a one-stop Federal resource offering tools and information for patients, families, and friends; health professionals; law enforcement; and other stakeholders about prescription drug abuse and heroin use prevention, treatment & recovery, and overdose response.

Washington, D.C. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) supports President Barack Obama’s remarks this afternoon on prescription drug abuse and heroin use at a community forum in West Virginia, a state significantly impacted by this epidemic.

This week Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, announced $13.4 million in funding for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). Of that, $5 million will be directed to a broad range of efforts that will reduce the trafficking, distribution, and use of heroin – a drug that has emerged as a serious threat to multiple regions of the United States.

Congressman and medical doctor Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) and Congressman Steve Womack (R-Ark.) this week introduced H.R. 2872, the Opioid Addiction Treatment Modernization Act, a bill to help combat the opioid abuse epidemic and ensure patients have access to appropriate treatments. 

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