Last week the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Atlanta Field Division announced the launch of the first state-wide texting tip line for suspected prescription drug abuse. Special Agent in Charge Harry Sommers in Atlanta said, “This method of communication is a great opportunity for the public to anonymously engage in the fight against state-wide prescription drug abuse while keeping up with today’s technology.”
The service is used by texting the keyword PILLTIP to TIP411 to give anonymous tips to DEA agents who can follow up on reliable information. Critics of the service fear that it could lead to false tips or people possibly being charged with crimes who should be in treatment instead, although the DEA acknowledged that only a portion of the tips would lead to actual enforcement.
Additionally, the primary targets for these types of operations are larger-scale operations rather than individual users in most cases. These can include doctors offices habitually writing prescriptions to known drug abusers and other major cases of prescription drug fraud.
When the program is fully activated, there will be prescription drug abuse educational packets sent to 1,200 pharmacies located throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. The packets will include more information on the program, prescription drug fraud in general and an alert from Special Agent Sommers.
Programs like these are reactionary, and some times revolutionary, measures that are introduced as a result of the epidemic that has swept the nation of prescription drug abuse. Regardless of who is to blame, those who are choosing to do something about it are performing their own versions of interventions. Instead of waiting for some anonymous tip or other law enforcement maneuver, try contacting Family First Intervention today to see what can be done about getting help for your loved one.