Countering The Opioid Crisis

Every year, we lose more people to opioid addiction deaths than were killed in the entire Vietnam War. Between 1991 and 2011, painkiller prescriptions in the U.S. tripled from 76 million to 219 million per year, and as of 2016 more than 289 million prescriptions were written for opioid drugs annually. 

Our Reporting On The Opioid Crisis

The ‘recent phenomenon’ of Chinese nationals laundering money for Mexican drug cartels

The Mexican drug cartels and China have joined forces on a lethal campaign to poison thousands of people each year with potent narcotics and experts are hailing a recent Justice Department conviction as a small step in combatting the vast and lucrative operation. This week, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) revealed a small part of that […]

Border Patrol canine sniffs out $60k worth of fentanyl pills hidden inside burritos

A Yuma Sector Border Patrol canine uncovered almost $60,000 worth of the drugs in the backpack of a man crossing a checkpoint near Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a press release Tuesday. Over five pounds of fentanyl, an estimated street value of nearly $60,000, were stuffed inside breakfast burritos within the […]

DEA: Mexican cartels selling meth disguised as adderall pills ‘to hook’ young Americans

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England office is warning that methamphetamine is being sold in American communities that resemble pills commonly used to treat Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The agency says pills that look like adderall and ritalin are now being sold by the Mexican cartels and other drug dealers “to hook younger […]

Yonkers Police investigating source of fentanyl-laced cocaine after multiple overdoses

Police in Yonkers, New York have alerted the public to fentanyl-laced cocaine in the area after six recent overdoses. One person died and five others were revived with the narcotics antidote Narcan, Yonkers Police told this reporter on Monday. The deceased victim was also given Narcan. Yonkers Police have yet to determine the source of […]

Sen. Cotton introduces legislation to sanction drug cartels

Senator Tom Cotton, R-AR, introduced the Significant Transnational Criminal Organization Designation Act Tuesday to impose sanctions on drug cartels. He is joined by Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, Josh Hawley, R-MO, and Ben Sasse, R-NE. Representative Mike Gallagher, R-WI, introduced companion legislation in the House as well. “Criminal organizations and drug cartels that terrorize our communities […]

‘El Chapo’s’ wife nabbed by DOJ in Virginia for allegedly taking over family drug business

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the notorious head of the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was arrested at Dulles International Airport on Monday on international drug trafficking charges, the Justice Department announced. Aispuro, 31, is charged with “participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into […]

Parents find 5,000 fentanyl pills in stuffed children’s toy, police say

A cute stuffed animal toy for their daughter turned out to be an unsuspecting parents’ worst nightmare after they discovered 5,000 fentanyl pills hidden inside the toy. The Phoenix Police Department posted a photo of the deadly narcotics on Twitter over the weekend. According to the tweet, the toy was purchased at a thrift story […]

TV host Laura Berman says her son, 16, overdosed on fentanyl-laced drugs from Snapchat dealer

Oprah Winfrey Network host Dr. Laura Berman opened up to her public following on Instagram to share that her son, 16, had recently died of a fentanyl overdose. Fentanyl is a highly-potent synthetic opioid and, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. It […]

Fatal Drug Overdoses Increase During the Coronavirus Pandemic, according to the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new data indicating fatal drug overdoses accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the data, approximately 81,230 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in a 12-month period, ending in May 2020, the largest number of drug overdoses for a 12-month period ever recorded. […]

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty in Federal Case, Admits to Contributing to Opioid Epidemic

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday before a federal court in Newark, New Jersey for promoting opioid prescriptions and lying to customers about the dangers of the highly addictive drugs, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. “The abuse and diversion of prescription opioids has contributed to a national tragedy of addiction and deaths, in addition […]

The Dark Wire Staff

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