Narcotics (Opioids)

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WHAT ARE NARCOTICS?

Also known as “opioids,” the term “narcotic” comes from the Greek word for “stupor” and originally referred to a variety of substances that dulled the senses and relieved pain. Though some people still refer to all drugs as “narcotics,” today “narcotic” refers to opium, opium derivatives, and their semi-synthetic substitutes. A more current term for these drugs, with less uncertainty regarding its meaning, is “opioid.” Examples include the illicit drug heroin and pharmaceutical drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, methadone, and fentanyl.

WHAT IS THEIR ORIGIN?

The poppy Papaver somniferum is the source for all natural opioids, whereas synthetic opioids are made entirely in a lab and include meperidine, fentanyl, and methadone. Semi-synthetic opioids are synthesized from naturally occurring opium products, such as morphine and codeine, and include heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. Teens can obtain narcotics from friends, family members, medicine cabinets, pharmacies, nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, doctors, and the Internet

October 2, 2018

2018 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA)

The 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) is a comprehensive strategic assessment of the threat posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs. The report combines federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement reporting; public health data; open source reporting; and intelligence from other government agencies to determine which substances and criminal organizations represent the greatest threat to the United States.

October 12, 2018

Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, Instead Opioid Summit Plenary Opening Remarks

Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, delivers plenary opening remarks for the Instead Opioid Summit in Salt Lake City Utah

 

September 6, 2018

Paul E. Knierim - Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection

Statement of Paul E. Knierim Deputy Chief of Operations, Office of Global Enforcement Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Committee on Foreign Affairs U.S. House of Representatives for a hearing entitled "Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection"

November 28, 2017

Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

The abuse of drugs containing fentanyl is killing Americans.  Misinformation and inconsistent recommendations regarding fentanyl have resulted in confusion in the first responder community.  This document provides scientific, evidence-based recommendations to protect first responders from exposure.

October 4, 2018

How to Properly Dispose of Your Unused Medicines

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. The Drug Enforcement Administration provides guidance on the right way to dispose of unused medicine.

February 1, 2016

Chasing The Dragon Discussion Guide

The objectives of the discussion guide are to have students process and interact with the content covered in the film and then answer questions to demonstrate their understanding of the material.

January 1, 2014

The Truth About Heroin

Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive drug.

December 1, 2015

The Truth About Prescription Drug Abuse

When used properly and as prescribed, prescription drugs may enhance one’s health, well-being, and quality of life; however, when prescription drugs are abused, the consequences can be deadly.

May 1, 2017

Drug Slang Code Words

This Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Intelligence Report contains information from a variety of law enforcement and open sources. It is designed as a ready reference for law enforcement personnel who are confronted by many of the hundreds of slang terms used to identify a wide variety of controlled substances, designer drugs, and synthetic compounds. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information presented. However, due to the dynamics of the ever-changing drug scene, subsequent additions, deletions, and corrections are inevitable. Further addendums to this report will attempt to capture changed terminology, to the extent possible. This compendium of drug slang terms has been alphabetically ordered, and identifies drugs and drug categories in English and foreign language derivations.

June 22, 2017

BUL-153-17 Opiate Overdose Deaths Remain High in Seattle and King County

The King County Medical Examiner’s (KCME) Office reported that deaths caused by drugs increased to their highest levels in 2016 in both Seattle and King County, Washington. The majority (63 percent) of the 360 deaths were caused by opioids. The opioids responsible for the overdose deaths were opium derivatives such as morphine and heroin, but also included oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone. In addition, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, fentanyl-related compounds, and U-47700 were also found. 

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