About 254 pounds of fentanyl, 395 pounds of meth seized by Border Protection

AP, KUSI Newsroom

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the synthetic drug that is helping fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.

The drug was found hidden Saturday morning in a compartment under the rear floor of a tractor-trailer after a scan during secondary inspection indicated “some anomalies” in the load, and the agency’s police dog team alerted officers to the presence of drugs, Nogales CBP Port Director Michael Humphries said.

Most of the seized fentanyl with an overall street value of about $3.5 million was in white powder form, but about 2 pounds of it (1 kilogram) was contained in pills. Agents also seized nearly 395 pounds (179 kilograms) of methamphetamine with a street value of $1.18 million, Humphries said.

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Drug overdose deaths were so bad in 2017, they reduced overall life expectancy

by: German Lopez

Drug overdose deaths reached another record high in 2017, according to new federal data.

The number of drug overdose deaths in the US was so high in 2017 that it contributed to a drop in life expectancy.

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 — the highest number of drug overdose deaths for any single year in US history. The age-adjusted overdose death rate, of 21.7 per 100,000 people, was nearly 10 percent higher than it was in 2016, the CDC found.

The worst states for drug overdose deaths in 2017: West Virginia (57.8 per 100,000 people), Ohio (46.3), and Pennsylvania (44.3).

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Kristin Gaspar on National Prescription Drug take back day

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Prescription drug take-back day is October 27th. At tomorrow’s Supervisor’s Board meeting Chairwoman Gaspar will be presenting a Board letter that will propose a partnership with County Health and Human Services, the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, Sheriff Gore, DA Stephan, The Safe Homes Coalition and the SD Association of Realtors.

Their mission will be to educate families about the safe use, safe storage and proper disposal of prescription medications. In the last few years there has been a growing trend of theft of prescription medications during open houses so the focus will be on educating homeowners on the importance of locking up medications when other people are in your home. In the next few months, County staff will update the County’s Prescription Drug Abuse Plan and present it in March 2019.

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Leominster Champion Recognizes MA Senator Flanagan Support for Safe Homes Coalition


Flanagan shows support for Safe Homes Coalition

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State Sen. Jennifer L. Flanagan (D-Leominster) has joined a large group of individuals and organizations endorsing the Safe Homes Coalition, and welcoming a new partner in the fight against prescription drug abuse and addiction: Area realtors.

She joined Gov. Charlie Baker for the program’s initial launch in September, and the Safe Homes Coalition recently launched a video of Flanagan’s endorsement, available on its website, www.makeitasafehome.org/boston.

The Safe Homes Coalition leads a unique partnership comprised of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS (a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board), Learn to Cope, Millennium Health and local government and law enforcement leaders. The coalition also includes organizations representing the medical, dental and health care communities, recovery advocates, youth athletics and other community partnerships.

“I am thrilled to have the Safe Home Coalitions on board partnering with communities to take the steps that will ensure safety for families and realtors,” Flanagan said. “We initially launched this coalition in September, to align with Recovery Month, and this is the perfect time of year to educate people on how to safely store and dispose their prescriptions in order to avoid theft and misuse. It makes sense, and is another great way to prevent illegal drug sales and abuse.”

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SHC & NSDCAR Celebrate KKS Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2016 

Thousands of North County San Diegans Learn How to Reduce Prescription Medication Misuse and Abuse
North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® Complete Safe Homes Coalition Keep Kids Safe Program

SAN DIEGO – The Safe Homes Coalition (SHC) and the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® (NSDCAR®), announced today at their Carmel Valley Marketing session, the successful launch of a Keep Kids Safe Program aimed at reducing overdose deaths associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription medications. California Congressman Scott Peters attended the event.

“We aren’t just REALTORS® and Affiliates helping our clients buy and sell homes. We are an important part of this community and want our children safe. We’ve proven that there is indeed something that everyone can do to save a life.  Become educated about the proper use, storage and disposal of these powerful medications.  With your help, we can stem this epidemic that is causing many North San Diego families to lose the ones they love.” Said NSDCAR Coordinating Committee member, and project Leader Laurie Duffy.  “It takes a village.”

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Safe Homes Coalition Making a Difference in Middlesex County

Published on Nov 16, 2015

Safe Homes making a big announcement partnering with local realtors to try and get unused prescription drugs out of the home.

Safe Homes Coalition Launches Program in Middlesex County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2015

CONTACT: Kate Norton, knorton@ckstrategies.com, 617-838-6083


Safe Homes Coalition Launches Program in Middlesex County

The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®, Millennium Health, Learn to Cope, Middlesex County Police Chiefs, Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan partner to reduce prescription medication deaths


FRAMINGHAM – Today, a number of Middlesex County police chiefs and law enforcement officials joined Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, Representative Tom Sannicandro, Representative Carolyn Dykema, and Framingham Town Manager Robert Halpin to welcome a new partner in the fight against prescription drug abuse and addiction: area realtors.

The Safe Homes Coalition joined area law enforcement and drug prevention leaders to announce a new program in Greater Boston designed to reduce the abuse of prescription medication and overdose deaths. The Safe Homes Coalition leads a unique partnership comprised of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board), Learn to Cope, Millennium Health and local government and law enforcement leaders. The Coalition also includes organizations representing: the medical, dental and health care communities; recovery advocates; youth athletics; and other community partnerships.

“We need to prevent prescription medications from getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, especially those most vulnerable – our children. The Safe Homes Coalition educates and empowers people to understand how to safely secure and dispose of unused or unwanted medications,” said Gregory A. Stein, Safe Homes Coalition Executive Director. “The Safe Homes Coalition brings together organizations throughout the Commonwealth to help stem this epidemic.”

“This partnership reflects a collaborative effort to educate realtors and the public about what they can do to address the opioid crisis,” said District Attorney Ryan. “In order to fight this public health crisis we have to work together. In Middlesex County we are using a multi-pronged solution that uses every tool at our disposal: education, prevention, intervention, treatment, enforcement and legislation; this program will be an important piece of that approach.”

“As parents and neighbors, we used to be concerned about our kids and their friends raiding the liquor cabinet. Today it’s the medicine cabinet,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “By removing unused medications, we can help make our homes, neighborhoods and communities safer while saving lives in the battle against prescription drug addiction.”

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Safe Homes campaign aims to stem rampant prescription drug abuse


An array of prescription drugs (AP)
Boston- Amid an opioid abuse epidemic in Massachusetts, a new Greater Boston program, meant to raise awareness about misuse of prescription drugs, launched on Wednesday.
Read more at: MassLive/Springfield Republican-Safe Homes Campaign aims to stem rampant misuse

Gov. Baker joins Safe Homes Coalition to fight against drug abuse

BOSTON (WHDH) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is joined the Safe Homes Coalition on Wednesday to talk about the fight against prescription drug abuse.

The group announced a series of partnerships in Greater Boston to help reduce the number of overdose deaths that happen in Massachusetts because of prescription drugs.

Read more at:  WHDH-Gov. Baker joins Safe Homes Coalition

Safe Homes Coalition launches to combat medication misuse, opioid addiction

BOSTON-Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks Wednesday in the Massachusetts Statehouse during the Safe Home Coalition launch in Boston to address prescription drug misuse.

Aiming to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription medications in the Greater Boston area, anti-drug organization Safe Homes Coalition launched a program Wednesday to help combat the opioid addiction epidemic in Massachusetts.

Read more at: Daily Free Press-Safe Homes Coalition launch