The Heroin Epidemic: Then and Now – Lessons Learned

Tuesday, March 22, 11:00 AM Eastern
The Heroin Epidemic: Then and Now – Lessons Learned

Please join former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger and former NIDA Director Robert DuPont, MD, who will outline the steps taken during the late 1970s to reduce the supply of heroin in the United States to increase the price and reduce the purity, with direct impact on the number of heroin users and overdose deaths. Former Administrator Bensinger will discuss at least two major heroin initiatives, Operation Heroin B and Operation Trizo. Dr. DuPont will highlight the crucial role of DEA, and law enforcement generally, in a public health approach to the heroin epidemic and lessons learned from the 1970s heroin epidemic.

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Opiate Misuse, Overdose, & Addiction – Causes & Solutions

Tuesday, November 17, 11:00 AM Eastern
Opiate Misuse, Overdose, & Addiction – Causes & Solutions

Opiate addiction along with pain management combined with substance use disorders is a growing concern. Please join us as we learn from two very distinguished scientists about opiates. Dr. Theodore J. Cicero, Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis will speak on The Opiate Overdose & Addiction Epidemic. Dr. William S. Jacobs, Chief of Addiction Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia & Medical Director of the Bluff Plantation, will speak on The Role of Pain, Pain Medicine, and Physicians in Treatment of Pain and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs).

The presentation will be moderated by Dr. Mark Gold, best known for his work on the brain systems underlying the effects of drugs; distinguished alumnus of Washington University, University of Florida, and Yale University; Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Boards for RiverMend Health; and Director of Research and Prevention for the DEA Educational Foundation. Download the lecture slides » | Download the transcript »

The DEA Forensics Labs: Then and Now

Thursday, October 22, 11:00 AM Eastern
The DEA Forensics Labs – Then and Now

DEA’s ability to arrest and prosecute drug traffickers relies on a team, and one important part of this team is DEA’s Forensic Science Laboratories around the country. Please join us via live webcast as we visit DEA’s Special Testing Laboratory and find out how DEA forensic science has evolved from its beginnings many years ago, to the current cutting-edge science and technology it uses today. Read the transcript »

Operation Tiger Trap: The Rise and Fall of Khun Sa & The Drug Trade in SE Asia

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 11:00 AM Eastern
Operation Tiger Trap: The Rise and Fall of Khun Sa & The Drug Trade in SE Asia

Please join retired DEA Country Attaché John Whalen as he discusses narcotics trafficker Khun Sa and DEA’s Operation Tiger Trap. His presentation will cover Khun Sa’s rise to power, his eventual fall, how Operation Tiger Trap facilitated his demise, and how the vacuum created by his surrender to the Burmese government has been filled by other non-state armed groups in Burma who continue to traffic in narcotics. Please join us at the DEA Museum auditorium or via free live webcast.

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A Look Behind the Curtain: The History of DEA’s Special Operations Division

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11 AM Eastern
A Look Behind the Curtain: The History of DEA’s Special Operations Division

Operations Adam Bomb, Crystal Light, One-Eyed Mule & Angry Pirate – these are just a few of the many drug interdictions overseen by DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD). Please join us for a spirited discussion on the history of this division as we take a look behind the curtain. This program will feature panelists Michael Horn, former DEA Chief of International Operations; Joseph Keefe, former DEA Chief of Operations; Robert Nieves, former DEA Chief of International Operations; and John Wallace, former DEA Chief Counsel for International Law & Intelligence. It will be moderated by DEA Acting Chief of Congressional and Public Affairs Gary Owen. Please join us at the DEA Museum Auditorium or via free live webcast.

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Targeting the Mafia: FBN, Organized Crime, and Drugs

Federal Drug Law Enforcement 100 Year Centennial 1914-2014Thursday, November 6, 2014, 11 AM Eastern
Targeting the Mafia: FBN, Organized Crime, and Drugs

In the first half of the 20th century, the Mafia as a criminal organization was not yet into drugs. In the post-World War II era, Mafia members in New York City, the hub of the heroin trade in the U.S., became active in the heroin trade, eventually hooking up with European drug sources from the infamous “Unione Corse” and “French Connection.” Narcotic Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) kept close tabs on them and regularly compiled intelligence reports that helped produce numerous arrests and convictions. In later years, this extensive knowledge base of these old Mafia family ties and associations would prove invaluable. Join former FBN Narcotic Agent and retired DEA Assistant Administrator for Operations John J. Coleman, PhD, as he discusses FBN, organized crime, and drugs in the 1960s.

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Standing in the Shadows: The Legacy of Harry J. Anslinger, First Commissioner of Narcotics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2 PM Eastern
Standing in the Shadows: The Legacy of Harry J. Anslinger, First Commissioner of Narcotics

Join Retired Penn State History Professor John C. McWilliams, author of The Protectors, the definitive biography of the life and career of Harry J. Anslinger, in remembering the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, American Representative to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and Father of International Drug Law Enforcement. With remarks by retired DEA Special Agent Charles H. Lutz. Reception immediately following, sponsored by AFFNA.

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The Early Years: A Panel Discussion on the Era of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics

Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern
The Early Years: A Panel Discussion on the Era of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics

Join a panel of retired FBN Agents that include Bill Alden, Jerry Carey, Jack Lloyd, Pete Scrocca, and others as they share experiences and recollections of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. The program is being webcast live from the Annual Conference of the Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents (AFFNA) in Naples, Florida.

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Not Just in the Jungle: Knocking Out Clandestine Cocaine and Methadone Drug Labs in the U.S.

June 10, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern
Special Agents Fred Gregory (retired) and Harold Patin (retired)
Not Just in the Jungle: Knocking Out Clandestine Cocaine and Methadone Drug Labs in the U.S.

DEA has worked closely with countries around the globe to curtail the production of illegal drugs, but the United States also had to contend with clandestine labs within its own borders. Please join Retired Special Agents Fred Gregory and Harold Patin as they speak about domestic clandestine cocaine and methadone labs that made the headlines in the 1980s.

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What Have We Learned: Four Decades of Addiction, Neurobiology, and Treatment Research

Friday, June 6, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern
Mark S. Gold, M.D.
What Have We Learned: Four Decades of Addiction, Neurobiology, and Treatment Research

Learn about the evolution of drug, tobacco, and alcohol addiction research over the past forty years, where we are today with understanding how drugs affect the body and brain, how addictions—once thought untreatable—are successfully treated, and what the future may look like in this changing field.

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