Regulatory and LawEnforcement Roles in Cross-State Border Diversion April 10-12, 2012 Walt Disney World Swan Resort
Learning Objectives:• 1. Define the roles of local, state and federal agencies during investigation of inter-state drug trafficking to produce prosecutable cases ending with convictions.• 2. Describe and provide examples of diversion methodology for both self-use and illegal resale of controlled substances.• 3. Describe the value of establishing cross- state prescription monitoring programs.
Disclosure Statement• All presenters for this session, William Benson, John Marshall, and Karen Matthew, have disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
Regulatory and LawEnforcement Roles in Cross-State Border Diversion: Tennessee Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force Pharmaceutical Working Group
• Training – Each of the four regional task forces hosts quarterly meetings/training opportunities – Presentations from law enforcement, medical, and pharmacy – Out of state presenters – 40 hour diversion class • Hosted in each region to date • To be hosted at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Center • Federal, state, local presenters
• Existing Legislation – Scheduling of Carisoprodol/Tramadol – Ability for state/local law enforcement to obtain data from the PMP without a court order – Stricter pain clinic regulations• Pending Legislation – Addition of federal agencies to receive PMP data – Ability to share PMP data with other states
• In February 2012, the Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force merged with the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force to become the…Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force
Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force Partnership• Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (Grantee)• Tennessee National Guard Counterdrug Division• Local Law Enforcement: (City and County)• State Agencies (THP, ABC, DCS,TDEC, Bomb &Arson etc.)• Federal Law Enforcement (DEA, FBI, ATF, IRS, ICE, US Postal Inspectors, US Marshall Service)• Governor Phil Bredesen (Governor’s Task Force on Meth)• Tennessee Congressional Delegation• United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern, Middle and Western District’s• Dept. of Justice Programs - Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Community Oriented Policing (COPS), Office of Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), National Meth & Chemical Initiative (NMCI), National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL), Appalachian HIDTA & Atlanta HIDTA
Meth Task Force Initiatives• Educate the Public• Train Law Enforcement – Equipment• Report Incidents – Easy and Accurate• Target Manufacturers and Distributors• Overtime Reimbursement• Support – Innovative Response Trucks
• National Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Initiative (NMPI) – Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force – Additional resources/contacts from NMPI and TMPTF• Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)• Case by case – Federal agencies – Medicaid Fraud Control Units – Pain clinics in Florida and Georgia – Kentucky residents coming to Tennessee – Out of state doctor shopping varies greatly across Tennessee • Different regions have more contact across state lines
• Florida and Georgia PMP status• Kentucky (KASPER) – LE in Tennessee can access• Tennessee – LE from Kentucky (and other states) cannot currently access• Pending legislation will allow sharing PMP data with other states