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Retired DEA Special Agent Steve Murphy on The Opioid Crisis, China’s 100 Year Plan And the Ever Changing Nature of the War on Drugs

Michael Brown
Michael Brown
Director for Counter Narcotics Technology

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Welcome to The Opioid Matrix: A Journey Into The Rabbit Hole. As the Opioid Crisis continues to ravage the country, what is being done to solve the prevalence of these drugs in our communities? In this episode we are honored to be joined by Retired DEA Special Agent Steve Murphy.

Steve Murphy is a retired DEA Special Agent involved in the successful manhunt for narcotics kingpin Pablo Escobar, and his story formed part of the backbone for the Netflix series Narcos. Mr. Murphy began his law enforcement career in his home state of West Virginia. In the mid 1980s he joined the DEA and was assigned to Miami, Florida, home to an exploding cocaine trade. In 1991 Mr. Murphy was transferred to Bogota, Colombia to track down the Escobar Cocaine Cartel (source).

Join us as we discuss:

  • How has the war on drugs changed since his time in Colombia?
  • The role China has played in the production and manufacturing of synthetic opioids
  • How state supported injection sites are changing the conceptions of drug use in America
  • The failure of the Portugal model
  • The importance of diplomatic engagement when it comes to solving the Opioid Crisis
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