U.S. government shutdown could halt DEA’s efforts

As the March 4 deadline to pass a national spending bill looms, the U.S. is facing the very real possibility of a government shutdown, which would affect federal agencies like the Drug Enforcement Agency. According to this report from National Public Radio, funding cuts would include initiatives such as “buy money,” which the DEA uses to purchase contraband in undercover operations to catch OxyContin and heroin dealers. Despite the fact that prescription drug abuse causes more American deaths per year than terrorism – or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined – in the event of a shutdown, the government will continue funding border patrol and the Department of Homeland Security.

Read about U.S. causalities in Operation Iraqi Freedom here.
Read about U.S. deaths from drug overdoes here.

About Dana Owens

Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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