The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have issued warning letters to four website owners of rogue online pharmacies offering to distribute or dispense controlled substances, including opioids, and advertising their sale in violation of federal law.
This is the first time the agencies have issued such letters jointly, and combined, these website operators run 10 websites engaged in illegal activity.
“Issuing these warning letters is not only an effort to deter the availability of dangerous illegal opioids, but it is also a testament to the close cooperation between DEA and FDA,” explained Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon.
“We will continue to attack organizations that facilitate the sale of dangerous drugs, putting profit over public safety.”
Opioid addiction and abuse have created an immense public health crisis with a staggering death toll.
In 2017, there were 47,600 opioid overdose victims in the United States, which accounted for nearly 70 percent of all drug overdose deaths.
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According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), there are currently tens of thousands of illicit online pharmacies.
Given the severity of the opioid epidemic, the easy availability of opioids via the internet poses significant risks to U.S. consumers.
Preventing rogue online pharmacies from further flooding our communities with opioids is critical to protecting the American public from harm.
“As the FDA works to forcefully tackle the opioid crisis on all fronts, we cannot allow rogue online pharmacies to continue to fuel the crisis by illegally offering opioids for sale and circumventing the important safeguards that have been put in place for opioids to help protect the public health,” added Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D.
“Today’s effort is also noteworthy because, while the FDA partners regularly with the DEA, this is the first time we have issued joint warning letters with them.”
“We remain committed to using all available regulatory and enforcement tools to stop the illicit flow of opioids online.”
(Purchasing medicine online doesn’t have to mean risking your health. NABP’s .Pharmacy Verified Websites Program helps you identify safe and trustworthy online pharmacies at a glance. Courtesy of National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and YouTube.)
The networks receiving warning letters include:
The DEA and FDA urge these operators to immediately cease offering for sale drugs in violation of federal law to U.S. consumers.
Website operators have 15 days to notify DEA and FDA of corrective action and remedial steps taken to address violations and prevent their recurrence.
Failure to address violations may result in legal action.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS), attorneys assigned to DEA’s Special Operations Division and Policy Unit provided substantial assistance in drafting the warning letters sent to these websites.
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The following Government Agencies were recognized in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards:
Argonne National Laboratory, Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool (MIST)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – DARPA, Subterranean (SubT) Challenge
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Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Project Safe Neighborhoods Program
Department of Justice (DOJ) Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Personnel Management, Federal Risk Mgmt Process Training (FedRMPTP)
DHS Federal Protective Service, Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool (MIST)
DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK)
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DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environ (EDGE) Virtual Online Training for First Responders
(DHS S&T’s Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform provides a safe, immersive environment where first responders, and now educators, can hone their skills and prepare for a multitude of incident responses. Built on the same video gaming platforms as popular titles like Fortnite, EDGE was intentionally designed to be easily accessed, easily used, and easily integrated into agencies’ existing training protocols. Courtesy of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)
DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Flood Apex Program Flood Sensors
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),Violent Crimes against Children (VCAC) program
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International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACP), IACSP Training and Technology
Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), United States Multi-Service, Multi-Agency Task Force
Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Detection & Emergency Response to envelopes containing the deadly poison ricin at a Pentagon mail screening facility
(Learn About the Joint Interagency Task Force South on Key West, Florida, a multi-agency, international alliance whose mission is to cover 42 million square miles of territory primarily in Central and South America to stem the flow of illegal drugs and to disrupt and dismantle sophisticated narco-trafficking networks. Much of that work is carried out on the high seas. Courtesy of Doug Brumbaugh and YouTube.)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP Entry/Exit Program
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit (HRVWCU)
(U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operates the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit (HRVWCU) within the National Security Investigations Division (NSID). Preceded by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, HSI has more than 30 years of experience in successfully investigating human rights violators. The unit conducts investigations focused on human rights violations in an effort to prevent the United States from becoming a safe haven to those individuals who engage in the commission of war crimes, genocide, torture and other forms of serious human rights abuses from conflicts around the globe. When foreign war crimes suspects, persecutors and human rights abusers are identified within U.S. borders, the unit utilizes its powers and authorities to the fullest extent of the law to investigate, prosecute and, whenever possible, remove any such offenders from the United States. Courtesy of ICE and YouTube.)
Individuals Recognized for ‘Excellence in Homeland Security’ in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program are as follows:
Edward Reinhold, Deputy Assistant Director, FBI (Ret)
Joel McNelly, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Matt Quillen, Bristol Virginia Police Department
Stanley I. White, Counterintelligence Advisor, the International Association for Counterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP)
Thomas Homan, Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (Ret)
Thomas O’Connor, President of the FBI Agents Association
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