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DEA Ramps Up Efforts Against Pill Presses to Fight Fentanyl Crisis

The Drug Enforcement Administration is going after high speed pill press machines in order to combat the fentanyl crisis, reports CBS News. These machines can churn out thousands of illegal pills an hour. Law enforcement officials seized hundreds of them in 2023. DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said that the pill presses are "an industrial machine," with law enforcement seizing them all across the country in the past six months.

Milgram said many of the machines are purchased online. The DEA is now telling 450 e-commerce sites to identify and report pill press purchases. Last month, eBay agreed to pay the Department of Justice $59 million after it failed to report those transactions. Drug dealers also buy fake punch kits and dyes, allowing them to mimic real pills like oxycodone. As a result of these means of production of fake pills, A New York State intelligence assessed that drug traffickers "will likely increase domestic pill operations in the near term." This increase could further exacerbate the ongoing fentanyl crisis that has claimed the lives of individuals ranging from age 4 to 70.


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