Grassley, Feinstein Bill Combats Candy and Fruit Flavored Drugs Marketed to Children

WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  today re-introduced the Saving Kids from Candy Flavored Drugs Act to increase the criminal penalties for marketing candy-flavored drugs to appeal to children.  Coincidentally, the issue of stronger penalties for distributing candy-flavored drugs is before the United States Sentencing Commission today.              Law enforcement reports that drug dealers

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Grassley, Feinstein Announce Drug Caucus Hearing on Controlled Substances Quota Process

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the leaders of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today announced the caucus will hold a hearing on the quota system used to manage controlled substances in medicine in light of a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing problems in the way the program is managed.             “The

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Feinstein Applauds Reclassification of Highly-Abused Drugs Containing Hydrocodone

WASHINGTON – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today applauded the decision by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to move drugs containing hydrocodone, such as Vicodin and other painkillers, from schedule III to schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act.             The change is intended to help reduce the growing rates of hydrocodone abuse. It

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Senate Drug Caucus to Hold Hearing on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON – Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Co-Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced a hearing on heroin and prescription drug abuse on Wednesday, May 14, at 2:30 p.m. The hearing will explore prescription drug abuse and the role it plays in the increased use of heroin in the United States, as well as how the federal government

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Feinstein Statement on Future of U.S. Counternarcotics Efforts in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, chaired a hearing on the future of U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan. The hearing examined how the United States can sustain and improve counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan as its military presence declines in 2014. Video of the speech is available here and text of Senator Feinstein’s remarks follow:  

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Senate Drug Caucus to Hold Hearing on Future of U.S. Counternarcotics Efforts in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Co-Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today announced a hearing on the future of U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan on Wednesday, January 15, at 3 p.m.              The illegal drug trade is a contributing factor to many of the major challenges facing Afghanistan. Drug trafficking funds the Taliban, increases corruption and

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