Drug Treatment Advocates Applaud Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Exposure of Central Illinois Synthetic Drugs Supplier

Attorney General Lisa Madigan

(Springfield, IL) – March 27, 2012. Local law enforcement and Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s investigators took down a major Central Illinois synthetic drug supplier on Friday, capturing $110,000 worth of illegal synthetic drugs, a move that drew praise from IADDA, the state’s top drug treatment advocate group.

An informant’s tip led Madigan’s investigators, Jerseyville Police, the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department and the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force to William F. Brockman Wholesale Tobacco & Candy in Jerseyville, snagging 1,200 packages of synthetic drugs with a street value of $42,000.

“This is a major step forward in our efforts to stop the spread of synthetic drugs in Illinois,” said Attorney General Madigan. “This distributor was pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal drugs into Central Illinois. Cutting off the supply of these extremely dangerous substances at the source is a huge victory.”

The head of the state’s leading drug treatment advocacy group hailed Madigan’s announcement.

“While we know that the war on drugs will ultimately be won by cost efficient and proven effective drug treatment to neutralize addiction, the battle to end the scourge of drug abuse must be a comprehensive strategy, including law enforcement operations to eliminate the illegal drug trade,” said Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association CEO Sara Moscato Howe.

“We applaud Attorney General Madigan’s blow against this alleged drug supplier which is responsible for devastating lives and communities in Central Illinois.

Investigators also grabbed an additional 1,500 packages valued at $68,000, from the home of a Brockman Wholesale employee. The wholesaler is suspected of supplying synthetic drugs, like fake pot and fake cocaine, to retailers from Benton to Decatur.

“We know this is not the end to these dangerous drugs, but no doubt this action will put a dent in the fight we have waged in Jersey County for a couple of years now,” Sheriff Mark Kallal said.

“Synthetic drug usage is growing which represents a very dangerous threat to the young people of our area,” said Jerseyville Police Chief Brad Blackorby. “We are eager to get them off the street and appreciate the combined efforts of Attorney General Madigan and our agencies.”

IADDA Praises Attorney General Madigan, Governor Pat Quinn’s Effort to Rid Illinois of Alcoholic Energy Drinks

(Chicago, IL) — December 2, 2010. Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission last week issued letters to manufacturers of caffeinated alcohol drinks demanding they immediately halt the sale of these beverages in Illinois, drawing praise from the state’s top advocacy group against substance abuse.

The demand comes on the heels of a ruling by the federal Food and Drug Administration two weeks ago deeming these drinks unsafe for consumption.

In issuing the letters, Madigan and Quinn warned that failure to adhere to the immediate removal of these drinks could amount to violations of the state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The Attorney General emphasized businesses could stand to lose licenses to manufacture, market or sell any alcohol products statewide if they fail to comply.

“With our letter today, we are demanding the last cans and bottles of these dangerous beverages be removed from store shelves in Illinois,” Madigan said. “These drinks glamorize alcohol abuse and threaten the safety of those consuming them.”

“Alcoholic energy drinks exist only to compound the problem of underage drinking because they are marketed toward youth,” said Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence CEO Sara Moscato Howe. “They are a menace.”

“We applaud the action by Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Governor Pat Quinn to get these drinks off the market in Illinois; they only add to the risk of addiction and to the risk of death on Illinois highways.”

Youth are more vulnerable to alcoholic energy drinks because they are more likely to take risks and suffer from higher rates of alcohol problems, including traffic accidents, violence, sexual assault, and suicide, according to a 2007 Marin Institute report “Alcohol, Energy Drinks, and Youth: A Dangerous Mix”.

In 2008, Madigan and the attorneys general of 12 other states initiated investigations of the two leading manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks at that time: Miller-Coors Brewing and Anheuser-Busch Inc. The investigations resulted in the companies’ halt to production of caffeinated alcoholic beverages.

And in May 2007, Madigan joined other attorneys general in urging Anheuser-Busch to change its advertising of another alcoholic energy drink, called Spykes. Anheuser-Busch pulled Spykes from stores in response.

“We hope the alcoholic energy drink manufacturers immediately heed Attorney General Madigan and Governor Quinn’s call,” said Moscato Howe.