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Details are available in the press release. Please click on the link below.
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Please click on the link below to view the winning nominations submitted for the 2019 Oregon-Idaho HIDTA/ONEA recognition awards.
Please click on the link below to listen to Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Director Chris Gibson as he talks with Jefferson Public Radio regarding the 2020 Threat Assessment.
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Please click on the link below to download the summary of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Results for Idaho.
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The U.S. News and World Report published a story on methamphetamine. Two current Oregon-Idaho HIDTA initiative commanders (Capt. Art Nakamura from HIT and Sgt. Rick Jackson from BENT) were quoted and the 2019 Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Threat Assessment was cited. Please click on the link below to view the article.
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On February 22, 2019, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced that a federal jury convicted Andrew Munoz, 34, of Boise, of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, distribution of heroin, and distribution of methamphetamine. The case was prosecuted by Christopher Booker, the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Please click on the link below to view the full press release.
On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, HIDTA directors, staff, and Executive Board members were invited to the White House for an address by Vice President Pence. Much of what the Vice President had to say was in support and recognition of the HIDTA program and the work being done. Please click on the links below to view a YouTube video of the speech and/or to read the transcript.
The original case was investigated by the HIDTA Interdiction Team (HIT) and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office. The complete article can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team (BENT) executed “Operation Wildfire”. Operation Wildfire is a seven month investigation aimed at identifying, disrupting and/or dismantling Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) operating in Umatilla, Morrow, Union, and Gilliam counties in Oregon. The complete news release can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
On August 30, 2018, U.S Customs and Border Protection posted a fentanyl safety training video for first responders to YouTube which was produced by a Federal Interagency Working group coordinated by the National Security Council. Fentanyl: The Real Deal may be viewed below or by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
Please click on the button below to download and read the HIDTA National Emerging Threat Initiative’s latest publication, 2018 Emerging Threats Report: Status and Factors Affecting the United States.
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Relevant statistics and data surrounding cannabis in Oregon which are reported by various sources are constantly changing and the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA continuously reviews the information that is made available. As part of the program’s continuing review of available, reliable and relevant data surrounding cannabis in Oregon, a noticeable shift in Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) and Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) registrant information for grow sites and producers was identified. Because the new information reflects a fairly significant change from the data reported in An Initial Assessment of Cannabis Production, distribution, and Consumption in Oregon 2018 – An Insight Report which was published last week, the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA has amended previously reported data and has issued an updated report.
Changes from the previous report are summarized below:
- OLCC reported producer statistics are updated and clarified with figures from August 1, 2018 – pages 9, 13, and 15
OMMP grow site statistics are updated and clarified with figures from July 2018 – page 15
Reported grow site to user ratio updated – pages 9, 13, and 16
Info-graphic showing ratio of grow site to users updated – page 16
Essential Elements of Information (EEI) updated – pages 9 and 13
OLCC and OMMP retailer, wholesaler, and caregiver statistics updated with information from August 1, 2018 and July 2018, respectively – pages 9, 13, and 20
Updated technical appendix to reflect new calculations time frame – page 46
All footnotes have been adjusted to reflect the data changes
The updated version of An Initial Assessment of Cannabis Production, Distribution, and Consumption in Oregon 2018 – An Insight Report (8-6-18) is located in the REPORTS & FORMS section of this web site. Previous copies of the report which were released prior to 8-6-18 should be replaced with the new version.
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On September 27, 2017 the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) released a comprehensive report on the opioid epidemic in the United States, The Unprecedented Opioid Epidemic: As Overdoses Become a Leading Cause of Death, Police, Sheriffs, and Health Agencies Must Step Up Their Response.
The following is a brief explanation from PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler about the report:
As the title of the report suggests, the opioids crisis is continuing to worsen, despite some amazing work over the last few years by police departments, public health agencies, drug treatment programs, hospitals, and many other organizations. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released in August, indicate that drug overdose deaths totaled 64,070 in 2016 - a 21-percent increase over 2015. Approximately three-fourths of those deaths involved opioid drugs.
Furthermore, the new CDC statistics confirm what many police chiefs have been telling us: Fentanyl and carfentanil are driving the sharp increases in opioid deaths. In 2016, CDC identified 15,466 fatalities resulting from heroin overdoses, but significantly more deaths - 20,145 - caused by fentanyl or other synthetic opioids.
To put these numbers in context, consider the following:
Drug overdose deaths last year were more than double the number of homicides in the peak year for murders, back in 1991.
Drug overdose deaths were more numerous than automobile fatalities in the worst year ever, back in 1972, when the only safety devices in cars were seat belts.
Drug overdose deaths are also more numerous that HIV deaths in 1995, which was the worst year of the AIDS epidemic.
Drug overdose deaths last year also outnumber American fatalities during the entire course of the Vietnam War.
PERF has been focusing attention on this ongoing tragedy for three years. Since 2014, we have convened three national conferences on the opioids crisis, and the report I am sending you today is our third major report on it.
We keep coming back to opioids because the crisis has not yet peaked. It shows no signs of abating - even though many police and sheriffs' departments are breaking new ground on a daily basis, coming up with new initiatives that would have been off their radar screen a few years ago.
For example, many police agencies today are actively working to get addicted persons into treatment - in some cases, inviting addicts to come to a police station in order to get enrolled in a treatment program. And when a heroin addict has a nonfatal overdose, some departments send police officers and health clinicians to knock on the addict's front door the next morning, to offer help and make sure they know about treatment options and other services that are available.
We are told that addicted persons and their family members truly appreciate these "house calls," because for many people, there is still a stigma to drug abuse, so they can speak more freely in their own homes than they would if they went to a government office to ask for help.
Another major development is the increasing trend by police and other agencies to gather intelligence about overdoses and analyze the information quickly to prevent deaths. If a batch of fentanyl-laced heroin is causing fatal overdoses, police are scrambling to detect it quickly, connect the dots, and issue warnings to prevent further deaths.
Because four out of five heroin addicts began with prescription opioids, not heroin, police also are seeing a new role for themselves in helping to break that pattern, by warning community members about the risks associated with opioid-based pain relievers. The federal CDC agency has produced reports, fact sheets, brochures, posters, and other resources that police can use to educate the public about these risks.
One of the toughest issues about the opioid crisis is what role prosecutors can take to reduce the deaths. This is explored in detail in our new report. Unfortunately, current federal drug laws are not well-suited to support heroin or fentanyl prosecutions. However, we identified certain types of situations where state, local, and federal prosecutors can and should target opioid dealers and distributors.
PERF is grateful to Commissioner James P. O'Neill and the New York City Police Department, which generously hosted our conference in April 2017, and whose officials provided a wealth of information about New York City's sophisticated, Compstat-based opioids reduction program.
Many police chiefs have told us that the opioids crisis is the most difficult issue they are facing in 2017, and perhaps in their career. I hope you will find this report informative and useful as you take on this issue in your agency.
Executive Director, PERF
The full report is available online at http://www.policeforum.org/assets/opioids2017.pdf