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601 people, including doctors, charged in opioid abuse crackdown
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The opioid crisis is a huge problem, and has such a negative affect on families who have a member who is addicted.

I've had friends and family both who have suffered from this addiction. I've seen people steal from family members to get money to buy more (on the street) than what their doctors give them because they abuse them and run out before their next prescription can be filled.
It stinks, so I'm glad to see President Trump cracking down on these people responsible for the emotional pain these pills inflict on families, not to mention the fraud occurring in the government health-care programs.

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  • The U.S. Justice Department announced charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in health-care frauds.
  • The frauds allegedly resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic in some cases.
  • The hundreds of suspects charged included 162 doctors and other suspects charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing addictive opioid painkillers.
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    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks at the Department of Justice on February 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in health-care frauds that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic in some cases.
    The arrests came in dozens of unrelated prosecutions the Justice Department announced together as part of an annual health-care fraud takedown.

    The hundreds of suspects charged included 162 doctors and other suspects charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing addictive opioid painkillers.

    Though many of the cases also involved a variety of schemes to fraudulently bill government health-care programs, officials sought in the latest crackdown to emphasize their efforts to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.
    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the epidemic caused more than 42,000 deaths from opioid overdoses in the United States in 2016.

    While the Justice Department has been conducting investigations into some opioid manufacturers like OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, the cases stemming from the sweep did not focus on wrongdoing by major corporations.

    Many of the criminal cases announced on Thursday involved charges against medical professionals who authorities said had contributed to the country’s opioid epidemic by participating in the unlawful distribution of prescription painkillers.
    Those charged included a Florida anesthesiologist accused of running a “pill mill;” a Pennsylvania doctor alleged to have billed an insurer for illegally prescribed opioids; and a Texas pharmacy chain owner and two other people accused of improperly filling orders for opioids that were sold to drug couriers.

    The Justice Department also announced other cases unrelated to opioids, including schemes to bill the government health-care programs Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare as well as private insurers for medically unnecessary prescription drugs and compounded medications.




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#2
So much for scientific scrutiny.
A deliberate plan of mass killing involving Government programs, trained Doctors and
companies manufacturing a death-drug.

For money.
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