Is this the genesis of “I’m not comfortable”


Federal Officials Participate In New Mexico Pharmacists’ Association Meeting

ALBUQUERQUE – Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA participated in the New Mexico Pharmacists’ Association’s Mid-Winter Meeting held this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., for the purpose of educating the Association’s membership about how prescription drug trafficking and abuse contributes to New Mexico’s heroin and opioid epidemic and enlisting their support in combating the epidemic.  Group Supervisor Richard Stark of the Tactical Diversion Squad at the Albuquerque Office of the DEA delivered a presentation entitled, “The Prescription Drug Epidemic in New Mexico:  How Promoting a Partnership between the DEA and Pharmacists Can Help.”   Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel R. Meyers, Supervisor of the Organized Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, discussed the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative.  This Initiative, which was launched earlier this month, is a collaboration between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in partnership with the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative with the overriding goal of reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in the District of New Mexico.  

Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy of DEA’s El Paso Division added, “DEA is committed to developing and maintaining strong working relationships with pharmacists and other registrants.  By ensuring that pharmacists have the education and tools they need so they can educate parents and young people about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse, we can and will make a difference in combating this deadly epidemic.”

The HOPE Initiative comprised of five components:  (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning.  The participation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA in the New Mexico Pharmacists Association’s Med-Winter Meeting was undertaken under the prevention and education component of the HOPE Initiative.

3 Responses

  1. Definitely
    The genesis of
    “I’m not comfortable “

  2. Big warning here. Agencies working together should be great however Tennessee has shown that just the what the could be useful narcotic monitoring sheet has been used by law enforcement and for the harassment of pharmacies and doctors that handle the most pain medication. Where does this help the patient? It prohibits doctors and pharmacies from wanting to help people with chronic painful diseases-not criminals but patients with real pain. The DEA has destroyed enough lives by refusing to go after the dealers and the meth makers. Not enough money for them there even though they could save lives.

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