Arizona woman ‘walking funny’ was hiding 445 fentanyl pills in pants: cops |
Street value of pills was estimated at $10,000 |
Dec 2, 2020
Fox News – Olivia Jordan, 20, of Prescott, Arizona and Richard Carlson, 32, from Dewey, were arrested Sunday after deputies pulled their vehicle over for moving violations and suspected the pair were involved in illicit narcotics possession and possible narcotics sales, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Deputies deployed a K-9 to sniff the vehicle for narcotics and located 19 Xanax pills and multiple blue M-30 pills, all containing fentanyl. The K-9 also found methamphetamine.
Jordan and Carlson were both arrested and their car was towed. But deputies said they noticed Jordan walking funny.
“Deputies noted that Jordan was walking in a manner indicating she may have contraband concealed in her pants,” the sheriff’s office said.
Jordan refused to cooperate until deputies reminded her that bringing illegal items into jail would result in additional felony charges … Read more.
The Costly and Devastating Health Impacts of Drug Use
Medically reviewed by Steven Gans, MD | Updated on September 15, 2020
VeryWellMInd.com – The estimated cost of drug abuse in the United States—including illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco—is more than $740 billion a year and growing, according to data reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Substance abuse in the U.S. costs society in increased healthcare costs, crime, and lost productivity.
Costs by Drug Type
Estimates of the costs of drug use vary depending on the source, how data is collected, and the year that the data is gathered.
Some of the estimated total costs related to each type of drug include:
- Illegal drug abuse: $193 billion. This includes an estimated $11 billion in direct health care costs associated with the use of illicit substances.
Other Costs to Society
The total costs to society for substance abuse goes beyond the financial costs. Other costs include:
- Crime, unemployment, domestic abuse, divorce, and homelessness
- Deaths from overdose
- Effects on unborn children
- The spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C
Impact on Workplace Productivity
Drug abuse costs the nation more than $120 billion per year in lost productivity, according to The National Drug Intelligence Center.
Included in that lost productivity are reduced labor participation, incarceration, premature mortality, hospitalization, and participation in treatment programs away from work.
According to NDIC estimates, drug abuse accounts for:
- $49 billion in reduced workdays
- $48 billion in incarceration expenses
- $4 billion due to premature deaths
Impact on Health and Healthcare Systems
Annual drug-related healthcare cost in the U.S. is more than $11 billion, the NDIC reports.6 That figure includes both direct and indirect costs related to:
- Inpatient drug treatment
- Medical intervention, including emergency services
- Prevention and treatment research
The NDIC estimates that the annual costs of emergency department visits related to drug abuse are $161 million, with an additional $5.5 million in costs for those who have to be hospitalized … Read more.
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