Heroin in soups and lollipops: How drug cartels evade border security

BALTIMORE — The tip came on the last day of January 2014 to special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): A drug courier was about to land at the Baltimore airport with a large shipment.

Hours later, the agents asked the man, Edgar Franco Lopez, a Guatemalan, if they could search the three large duffel bags he was loading in a car outside the airport. But agents found only…

DEA puts synthetic opioid fentanyl on par with heroin and meth

The Drug Enforcement Administration is cracking down on the use of synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is more potent than heroin.

The DEA announced Monday it published a temporary order to put cyclopropyl fentanyl in the same category as heroin, cocaine and meth. Fentanyl is responsible for rising opioid deaths due to its potency.

The agency said the temporary order is needed to “avoid…

Trump's opioid commission recommends 'aggressive' outreach on opioid awareness

President Trump's opioid commission is recommending that the federal government roll out an aggressive multimedia campaign that would tell children about the dangers of drugs, and frame addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing.

"People need to be aware of the health risks associated with opioid use, and they must stop being afraid or ashamed of seeking help when facing their addiction,"…

The Addiction Podcast Interview with Amy Ronshausen

Drug Free America Foundation is fighting the good fight against drug abuse in this country.  DFAF and it's sister organization - Save Our Society from Drugs (SOS) work to defeat drug legalization attempts; promote sound drug policies; and prevent drug use, abuse and addiction. This interview is with Deputy Director - Amy Ronshausen - and it will debunk everything you think you know about marijuana.


Drug Free America Foundation Releases Opioid Prevention Toolkit

On August 31st, 2017, Drug Free America Foundation released a first-of-its-kind Opioid Tool Kit in an effort to help address the opioid epidemic gripping the United States. The Opioid Tool Kit was unveiled in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise the awareness of the problem of drug overdose-related deaths.

Toxic Chemicals Killing California Wildlife At Illegal Marijuana Grows

"The forest service is now approaching 400 illegal grow sites this year in California. There is no specific designated budget for mitigating the sites, which are increasingly complicated and expensive to resolve with the presence of carbofuran."

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DFAF Releases Back to School Guide

Drug Free America Foundation has released a Back to School Guide titled "Youth and Substance Abuse". The guide reaches out to parents and teachers to express the need for communication with youth regarding substance abuse, as well as warning signs of substance abuse to be aware of.

You can find the full guide under our Press Kit Resources.

Dog racing ‘has a drug problem’ as 12 Florida greyhounds test positive for cocaine

"The Jacksonville scandal is easily the “biggest greyhound drug case in American history,” Carey Theil, executive director of industry watchdog group, GREY2K USA Worldwide, told The Washington Post. This is the second cocaine testing to rock Florida’s dog tracks this year, fitting into larger pattern of increased cocaine across the sport, Theil explained."

Florida Judge Backs Two More Medical Marijuana Licenses

"In a long-awaited decision, an administrative law judge Tuesday called for the state to issue two new licenses to medical marijuana operators, saying competing businesses —- which lost out to another operator selected by Florida health officials in 2015 —- were virtually tied.

Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham's recommended order came months after a hearing in the matter and…

Pesticides and Pot

"An NBC4 I-Team investigation found evidence suggesting that pesticides could be present in a lot of the marijuana legally sold in California. And, some scientists are especially concerned about those pesticides being inhaled when people smoke or vape marijuana."