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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Justice Probing DEA Program Linked To Mexico Massacres

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

The Justice Department’s inspector general announced on Tuesday that his office would investigate a Drug Enforcement Administration program linked to violent drug cartel attacks in Mexico that have left dozens, possibly hundreds, of people dead or missing.

In a letter to senior congressional Democrats, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that an internal review had flagged the DEA’s Sensitive Investigative Units program as “an area of high risk.” His office, he wrote, would examine the drug agency’s management of the program and whether internal controls are in place to ensure that “DEA operations, information and personnel are protected from compromise.”

Under the program, the DEA vets and trains teams of Mexican federal police officers, known as SIUs, that conduct DEA-led operations in Mexico.

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Justice Dept Threat To Bust ‘Safe Injection’ Sites Is Unscientific And Inhumane

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


Last week, the California legislature approved a bill that would authorize “overdose prevention programs” in San Francisco where people can inject their own drugs in a safe, sanitary and supervised environment. The next day, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein published a New York Times op-ed piece in which he promised “swift and aggressive action” against such programs.

The fight over safe injection facilities, or SIFs, which operate legally in 66 cities around the world but are prohibited in the United States, is the latest round of a long-running debate. On one side are advocates of “harm reduction,” who seek to save lives by making drug use less dangerous; on the other are hard-line prohibitionists like Rosenstein, who seek to deter drug use by keeping it as dangerous as possible.

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How to Prevent Overdose Deaths — And How Not To

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

In the next 24 hours, we can expect that some 200 Americans will die of drug overdoses. The relentless toll is the equivalent of the 9/11 attacks occurring every 15 days. Drug laws and enforcement have proved spectacularly ineffectual at saving lives.

So the Trump administration has a novel idea: Do more of what hasn’t worked. It’s reminiscent of the old line: “The floggings will continue until morale improves.”

Illicit opioid users often die of overdoses because, in an unregulated black market, they can’t be sure of what they are purchasing. As a result, they sometimes unwittingly inject more than their bodies can tolerate.…

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