Author: Elks Drug Awareness Program

Year after year, Susie & Gary help support programs that better our community. Their public service is making a difference in the lives of youth and veterans throughout Gallatin County. Susie and Gary have placed Prescription Drug Take-Back Boxes at 6 locations throughout Southwest Montana. These Prescription Drug Take-Back Boxes in Southwest Montana are funded by the Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant.

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LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office conducted what they say could be the largest meth bust ever in the county. Swarms of law enforcement and federal agents in hazmat suits were seen outside a home on County Road 2192 off FM-787. Deputies executed a search warrant at the home Tuesday night after receiving information that there were possibly drugs in the home. Inside, deputies found what they estimate to be well over $500,000 worth of crystal meth. Video from the scene shows the copious amount of drugs https://twitter.com/CourtneyABC13/status/1389896288704024581

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The legislative “fix” to Washington state’s drug possession laws takes effect once Governor Jay Inslee signs it. That new law makes simple drug possession a misdemeanor, and funds development of a statewide framework for treatment and recovery. It also requires police to steer people with substance use disorders away from jail and towards those new services. Burien has already adopted that approach, but business owners are getting frustrated with the outcomes. Possessing small amounts of drugs including heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine has effectively been decriminalized in Washington state since February, when the state supreme court threw out the existing felony…

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Drug possession laws will soon be changing on the Plateau, thanks to a recent Washington State Supreme Court decision. For the month of April, the Enumclaw City Council has been preparing Ordinance No. 2707, which revises the city’s drug possession laws to reflect the Feb. 25 State v. Blake decision. It’s unclear exactly what that means for Enumclaw at this moment. “The effects of the Blake decision are unknown at this time,” said Enumclaw Police Department’s Commander Tim Floyd. “Only time will tell if this new case law and process for drug enforcement will actually be beneficial and helpful, or…

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Findings released today from the most recent Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of substance use behaviors and related attitudes among teens in the United States indicate that levels of nicotine and marijuana vaping did not increase from 2019 to early 2020, although they remain high. The annual MTF survey is conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. In the four years since the survey began including questions on nicotine and marijuana vaping, use of these substances among…

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NEW YORK CITY – Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations, Dermot Shea, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, and Vance Kuhner, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Customs & Border Patrol announced that Clyde Hall, a/k/a “Peter,” was arrested on April 24, 2021, in Manhattan, New York. A criminal Complaint was subsequently filed…

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Recreational drinking, smoking, and drug use has been linked to premature heart disease in young people, especially young women, according to new research published in Heart. According to the study, the number of new heart disease cases has been increasing among young adults, but the potential role of recreational substance use isn’t entirely clear. To investigate this, researchers explored whether the recreational use of tobacco, cannabis, alcohol, and illicit drugs, such as amphetamine and cocaine, might be associated with prematurely blocked arteries. Investigators evaluated information supplied to the 2014-2015 nationwide Veterans Affairs Healthcare database and the Veterans with premaTure AtheroscLerosis…

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WASHINGTON – Today the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new initiative, Project Wave Breaker, to disrupt the flow of deadly fentanyl into the United States. Project Wave Breaker will direct interdiction, enforcement, and outreach efforts to high-impact areas to disrupt the flow of fentanyl in and around the United States. The initiative will also employ analytical intelligence assets to target the activities of Mexican transnational criminal organizations, which are the primary suppliers and distributors of illicit fentanyl and fentanyl substances throughout the United States. “While a major entry point for fentanyl is the Southwest border, the cartels are spreading their poison…

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FRIDAY, April 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Overdose deaths resulting from a dangerous combination of cocaine and opioids are outpacing fatalities linked to cocaine abuse alone, a new U.S. government report warns. “Much of the increase in the rate of drug overdose deaths involving cocaine in recent years is due to the co-occurrence of opioids,” said study author Dr. Holly Hedegaard. A similar trend has started taking hold because of the combined abuse of both methamphetamines and opioids. Starting in 2017, deaths attributed to that pairing started to outpace deaths linked to meth alone. Still, the role played by opioids…

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Lafonna Pacheco hardly recognized her daughter, Roxanne Delte, by the time she turned 17. “It wasn’t just a teenager thing,” Pacheco said. “It was beyond that. She was paranoid, she was oppositional. Something mentally was going on and it was scary because I couldn’t put my finger on it.” After five stints in rehab, Delte is able to say clearly what was going on: She was consuming too much high-potency cannabis — flower, yes, but also concentrated wax and other products, too — and that was ruining her life. She recalls regularly puking, and how uncomfortably high she would get…

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