Use of synthetic drugs—such as methamphetamine, prescription medications, and Ecstasy—has become such a concern that the White House has released a specific national strategy to control synthetic drugs. It represents the first time that a national drug control strategy has focused on a single class of drugs. A tailored approach to these substances was necessary, according to the Synthetic Drug Control Strategy: A Focus on Methamphetamine and Prescription Drug Abuse, because these drugs or their ingredients are designed for legal use and due to “extreme health and environmental problems associated with the production of drugs such as methamphetamine and the indisputably destructive nature of methamphetamine use itself.” @ The strategy is on SM Online.
A Government Accountability Office report on the TSA Explosives Detection Canine Program analyzed how the agency trains and maintains its dogs and programs. The GAO found that the TSA should regularly analyze program trends to better manage and improve how the canines are used in airports. The congressional watchdog also suggested the TSA’s newer passenger screening program be comprehensively evaluated for effectiveness.