Opioid Enforcement Effort

Opioid Enforcement Effort

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With more than cpb image statistic 70,000 drug overdose deaths Americans now dying annually from drug overdoses,1 the Department of Justice is committed to using every available tool to prevent overdose deaths and hold accountable those responsible for the opioid crisis.  The Consumer Protection Branch is on the front lines of the Department’s fight. A leading component of the Department's Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force, the Branch is pursuing both criminal and civil actions against wrongdoing entities and individuals up and down the prescription opioid supply chain.  

The Branch is aided in its work by its expertise in enforcing the Controlled Substances Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as well as its experience with complicated and multi-district litigation.  The Branch’s strong relationships with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Criminal Division, the DEA, and FDA also position it well to coordinate actions and advise Department leadership on policies and initiatives. Through dedicated effort, the Consumer Protection Branch aims to help stem the opioid crisis by ensuring that opioids are not diverted and abused.

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Gustav W. Eyler
Branch Director


Jill P. Furman
Deputy Branch Director


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1 Scholl, Kariisa, Wilson, and Baldwin. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;67:1419–1427, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm675152e1

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