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Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

  In 2023, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized over 79.5 million fentanyl-laced pills and 12,000 lbs. of fentanyl powder, amounting to the equivalent of over 376.7 million lethal doses – and seizures have more than doubled in recent years. Likewise, in 2023, the U.S. Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) seized 27,000 lbs. of fentanyl, increasing from 11,200 lbs. in 2021. Consequently, opioid overdoses reached an all-time high at over 110,000 in 2023 and…

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A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

Reports about North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korean territory were intriguing. However, this incident raises public health concerns and the question of whether fecal matter could be utilized in modern times as an effective biological weapon.
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The Nexus Between Drug and Human Trafficking

Transnational criminal organizations are using their experience in drug trafficking to utilize routes and operating procedures to take advantage of other criminal opportunities, such as human trafficking.
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The Psychology of Crisis

The psychological side of a disaster or other impactful event is a critical component of crisis management. However, many people still do not fully understand the predictable phases and patterns that could help them take the appropriate steps or actions to move through the crisis and mitigate its impact. Understanding
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Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur. However, history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations. To mitigate complex public health challenges, personnel across disciplines must plan, coordinate, and develop

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Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

Those working in emergency response roles can face periods of prolonged stress, which takes a toll on their health and well-being. It is important to

The Missing Plague Vials

A true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities again demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities and

Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

Emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but what about mental fitness? Without focused mental agility in

The “R” Word

Resilience has multiple meanings for public health, emergency, and homeland security management professionals. However, the objective of building resilience should go beyond hazard mitigation. With

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Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

  In 2023, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized over 79.5 million fentanyl-laced pills and 12,000 lbs. of fentanyl powder, amounting to the equivalent of over 376.7 million lethal doses – and seizures have more than doubled in recent years. Likewise, in 2023, the U.S. Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) seized 27,000 lbs. of fentanyl, increasing from 11,200 lbs. in 2021. Consequently, opioid overdoses reached an all-time high at over 110,000 in 2023 and…

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Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency defines the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector as one of “16 critical infrastructure sectors.” Read about this sector’s numerous

Planning for A Cross-Country Special Event

A solar eclipse is a unique form of special event that does not always fall under emergency planning protocols, but it should. This article urges

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