Fentanyl Sales Fueled by the Dark Web

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The opioid crisis is being fueled by anonymous online sales on the dark web, where buyers purchase fentanyl and other drugs using special browsers and virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, The New York Times reports. Law enforcement officials say Internet sales of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are on the rise. They are frustrated in their attempts to crack down on these sales because of their anonymous nature. Enough fentanyl to get almost 50,000 people high can fit into a standard first-class envelope, the article notes. A leading dark web site, AlphaBay, last week had more than 21,000 listings for opioids and more than 4,100 for fentanyl and similar drugs. The number of fentanyl listings on AlphaBay and other dark web sites has been steadily increasing.
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Colleges Addressing Opioid Crisis With Naloxone and Recovery Programs

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Colleges are addressing the opioid crisis by distributing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone and adding on-campus recovery programs, The Wall Street Journal reports. Students have died from opioid overdoses at many campuses, including Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina; Washington State University and Columbus State Community College in Ohio. Adapt Pharma announced last month it would offer 40,000 free doses of its brand of naloxone, called Narcan, to colleges nationwide. So far 60 schools have contacted the company about their offer. The University of Texas at Austin stocks naloxone at the front desk of residence halls, and Idaho State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania recently offered naloxone training. Campus Police at the State University of New York at Geneseo have been carrying naloxone since 2014.
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Opioid Crisis Leads Police Officers to Act as Drug Counselors and Medical Workers

Opioid Crisis Leads Police Officers to Act as Drug Counselors and Medical Workers
In areas hard hit by the opioid crisis, police officers have increasingly taken on the role of drug counselors and medical workers, The Washington Post reports. Police departments are arranging for drug treatment, administering naloxone, and allowing people to turn in drugs in exchange for treatment. “When I came out of the police academy, it was law enforcement enforcing the law,” said Kevin Coppinger, Sheriff in Essex County, Massachusetts. “Now police officers have to be generalists. You have to enforce the law, you have to be social-service workers and almost mental-health workers.” “Drugs are being introduced into the illicit drug supply that are more powerful than anything we’ve ever seen before, and it’s taxing our law enforcement resources, our EMS resources, our emergency departments and hospitals, and it’s difficult to manage,” said Van Ingram, Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.
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