Numerous other Native American cultures have used ayahuasca for emotional healing and a spiritual connection to the divine.
A report from the inspector general found that the Drug Enforcement Administration failed to learn from its many well-publicized prior scandals.
While appearing on NBC's Today show, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram compared counterfeit prescription pills to "Russian roulette."
The New York senator, who once supported tough drug laws, said he changed his mind after seeing how legalization helped Colorado.
Usually, DEA officers must keep enforcement activities to situations involving federal drug crimes, but now they can interrogate and arrest protesters.
During his tenure, Jose Irizarry worked out of the DEA's Miami field office, Washington, D.C., bureau, and an official outpost in Cartagena, Colombia.
The drugs seized between October and early December are worth up to $312 million, officials said on Wednesday.
Cartels have "presses" that give the pills the name and likeness of their prescription counterparts after they are laced with fentanyl in "dirty barrels," according to WFXT Boston.
But federal policies to slow the opioid crisis could be supporting the market demand for these drugs, public health experts warn
Earlier this week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made quick work of destroying more than 16,000 pounds of drugs collected on its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, according to reporting by NJTV News.
"The pharmaceutical industry is being scapegoated for something where there's plenty of blame to go around," says Northeastern University's Leo Beletsky.
"We're focusing really heavily on restricting access to prescription opioids, but that's because it's what we're comfortable doing," Travis Rieder said. "There's not actually any evidence that these cuts save lives."
After hundreds of chronic pain patients begged the Drug Enforcement Administration to reconsider its proposed cuts to opioid production, the agency told Newsweek it's not responsible for their inability to get prescriptions.
The DEA proposed reducing the manufacturing of prescription opioids for the fourth year in a row, but chronic pain patients are begging the agency to reconsider.
"Don't worry, those are people that are tied to me...They are Taliban."
Tramadol is legal in Britain with a proper prescription, but it's a banned substance in Egypt, where it's considered the country's most abused drug.
In a 47-page paper he wrote in 2000, he said profiling was a helpful policing tactic and that race-baiters got in the way of policing.
Briefing reporters on agency's new national drug report, the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Chuck Rosenberg called marijuana "bad" and "dangerous."
Authorities recently started seeing Mexican meth alongside heroin in local drug takedowns.