DEA Tests Texting Tip Line for Prescription Drug Abuse

textingLast 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.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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