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Opioid Epidemic

Opioid Epidemic

red and white pills spilling out of a pill bottle

The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to using every available tool in our arsenal to combat the opioid epidemic. This is a vital concern, as people are dying from the illegal use of pills and needles across the District every day. Our goal is to prevent the proliferation of these dangerous drugs by working to reduce supply and decrease demand. 


In 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s Office initiated “Project Hope” to coordinate the District’s full spectrum efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.  In addition to our District Opioid Coordinator, an Assistant U.S. Attorney has been assigned to coordinate opioid efforts in each or our five divisions. We also have two full-time Opioid Fraud Prescription Abuse Unit prosecutors.


We are working closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners; various State Attorneys’ Offices; the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Groups; and various task forces, including High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Forces, and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).


Our Civil Division is pursuing False Claims Act cases and, where appropriate, it pursues civil claims against doctors, pharmacists, pharmacies, and others in the supply chain under the Controlled Substances Act.


In addition, we are working with law enforcement, communities, educators, and service providers to promote awareness of the dangers of opioids, share information, and coordinate training related to opioids.


We sincerely hope that this multifaceted approach to the opioid epidemic will ultimately save lives.


Chasing the Dragon
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict," a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.
Chasing the Dragon screening


The Brevard County Health Department and Eckerd Kids hosted a special screening of the film "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict." Participants gathered after the screening to discuss the local impact of opiates.

Orange Country Chasing the Dragon screening


Local treatment and social service providers, law enforcement, and community leaders gathered at the Orange County Office for a Drug Free Community for a special screening of the film "Chasing the Dragon The Life of an Opiate Addict."


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