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Medical Privacy Laws Hampering Law Enforcement’s Efforts to Crack Down on Drug Deaths

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement is struggling to crack down on growing drug abuse because of a lack of recent data on drug deaths, especially from heroin overdoses, NBC News reports.

The problem, which was raised at a gathering of law enforcement Wednesday to discuss drug abuse, is that patient privacy laws are making it difficult for authorities to gather information on patient deaths.

“I don’t care about the names of the individuals, I just need the numbers!” Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsay said at the Police Executive Research Forum.

Information also is lacking on what is sometimes referred to as “drop-offs” at emergency rooms.

Of particular concern is opiate-related deaths because of large spikes in the past two decades.

DEA Accuses Man of Selling Heroin from Doggy Daycare Center

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA wasn’t barking up the wrong tree when agents raided a doggy daycare in Washington state.

King 5 News reports that Arlington Doggy Daycare was selling heroin out of its business in Arlingotn.

Busted was 42-year-old David Funk, who was charged this week with knowingly and internationally distributing heroin.

Funk also lives in a mobile home on the property of Arlington Doggy Daycare.

His relationship with the business wasn’t immediately clear.

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Death of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Shines Light on Influx of Heroin

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has cast an ugly light on the rising use of heroin in the U.S.

The Cleveland Conservative Examiner reports that the DEA has been alarmed at the influx of heroin into New York City.

A hallmark of the new heroin was unique, sophisticated packaging, which suggested the drug operation was targeted toward middle- to upper-class users.

 

 

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Four People Arrested, Questioned Over Possible Connection to Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities may be closer to finding the source of the heroin that is believed to have killed 46-year-old actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The USA Today reports that authorities arrested four people in Manhattan on Tuesday evening and were questioning them over possible connections to the actor’s death Sunday.

The suspects were found with 350 bags of heroin, police said.

Hoffman was found dead in his apartment with a syringe in his arm.

Heroin Use Increases Despite Deadly Consequences; Prescription Pills May Be to Blame

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite the dangers of heroin, people are increasingly turning to the drug, CNN reports.

But why?

It’s relatively inexpensive, readily available and becomes the next step for pain pill addicts.

A government study found that heroin use more than doubled in the past decade to 355,000.

“Heroin is pummeling the northeast, leaving addiction, overdoses and fear in its wake,” James Hunt of the DEA’s New York Office, said.

People die from heroin all the time. But on Sunday, we learned of the death of a high-profile figure, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Top Drug Dealer on Silk Road Website Became Informant After He Was Busted

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the top drug dealers on the illicit website Silk Road became an informant after he was busted selling drugs, The Smoking Gun reports.

Steven Sadler, known as “Nod” on Silk Road, sold high-quality heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, feds say.

TSG reported that he was busted July 31 and “began cooperating, working for the government for the past two months.”

Prosecutors didn’t seek detention for Sadler after he was arrested.

The site’s alleged mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, has been charged.

FBI Busts Alleged Mastermind Behind Underground Marketplace for Drugs Online

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators have struggled for two years to stop an online, underground marketplace from selling more than $1 billion in cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and other illicit drugs in exchange for a virtual currency called Bitcoin, The Verge reports.

But now it appears the FBI has snagged the mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, who is being charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

The site, called Silk Road, was only accessible through a special network.

According to The Verge, law enforcement bought more than 100 packages of drugs and had them sampled.

“Samples of these purchases have been laboratory-tested, and have typically shown high purity levels of the drug the item was advertised to be on Silk Road, FBI Agent Christopher Tarbell told The Verge.

Border Patrol Finds Drugs, Gun in Tour Bus of Grammy-Winning Rapper Nelly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Border Patrol authorities seized marijuana, heroin and a loaded gun from the tour bus of Grammy-winning rapper Nelly at a checkpoint in West Texas, Reuters reports.

Nelly and the rest of his crew were released after a member of his entourage took the blame, according to Reuters.

“It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest,” Nelly said in a statement Thursday. “Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board.”

The seizure happened at the same checkpoint where singers Fiona Apple and Willie Nelson, rapper Snoop Dogg and actor Armand Hammer found with controlled substances, Reuters reported.