National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Mark your calendars! The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30, 2022, from 10am-2pm at locations nationwide. This event, which happens twice a year, is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country.  The October 2021 Take Back Day brought in744,082 lbs. (372 Tons) of medication.  This brings the total amount of … Continue reading National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Combatting Serious Drug-Related Threats During the Pandemic

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: DEA Public Affairs  (202) 307-7977Press Release DEA 2020 Year in Review: Combatting Serious Drug-Related Threats During the Pandemic WASHINGTON – With the unprecedented worldwide health emergency brought on by COVID-19, last year was filled with new challenges and increased risks. While much of the world focused on combating the pandemic, DEA continued to implement initiatives to combat violent drug traffickers who … Continue reading Combatting Serious Drug-Related Threats During the Pandemic

DEA NATIONAL RED RIBBON RALLY & Red Ribbon Week

Watch the Virtual National Red Ribbon Rally (above) October 1! Red Ribbon is a national anti-drug campaign that is celebrated annually, October 23-31. During Red Ribbon, young people in communities and schools across the nation pledge to live drug-free by wearing red ribbons and participating in community-wide anti-drug events. Red Ribbon Week is also a time to pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” … Continue reading DEA NATIONAL RED RIBBON RALLY & Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31

RED RIBBON WEEK, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program.  Red Ribbon Week was started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico.  As a tribute to SA Camarena, high school friend, Henry Lozano and Congressman Duncan Hunter, created … Continue reading Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31

PRESS RELEASE: Operation Crystal Shield

U.S. Drug Enforcement AdministrationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: DEA Public Affairs(202) 307-7977 Press ReleaseAttorney General William P. Barr and Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea Announce results of Operation Crystal Shield.Nearly 29,000 pounds of methamphetamine seized by DEA before reaching American streets. WASHINGTON – Today, Attorney General William P. Barr and Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea announced the results of Operation Crystal Shield, a DEA–led … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: Operation Crystal Shield

Nearly $18M in cocaine seized in donated boxes of bananas

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) found something unexpected in 2 pallets comprised of 45 boxes of bananas that were donated at the Ports of America in Freeport: Nearly $18 million worth of cocaine. The bananas had been donated to the TDCJ because they were too ripe, the TDCJ said in a Facebook post. Two sergeants from the Scott Unit were loading up the … Continue reading Nearly $18M in cocaine seized in donated boxes of bananas

Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress

Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi says drug distributors pumped opioids into U.S. communities — knowing that people were dying — and says industry lobbyists and Congress derailed the DEA’s efforts to stop it. In the midst of the worst drug epidemic in American history, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets was derailed — that according to Joe Rannazzisi, one of … Continue reading Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress