The Department of Justice, initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, simply charged more than 400 licensed medical professionals with the mishandling of prescriptions and other health care related fraud. About a fourth of those accused were charged with opioid-related wrongdoings.
Opioid overdoses have been portrayed as “an epidemic” where more than 90 Americans bite the dust all things considered each day in what Sessions depicts as “put stock in medicinal experts… [putting] ravenousness in front of their patients.”
Via Washington Post:
More than 400 people across the country have been charged with participating in health fraud scams totaling about $ 1.3 billion in false billings, including for the prescription and distribution of opioids.
In what federal officials Thursday called the “largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action” by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, 412 individuals, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were arrested in a nationwide operation involving more than 1,000 law enforcement Agents in at least 30 states.
Those included are in charge of unlawful distribution of opioids, which might be prompting increments in overdoses:
One American dies of a drug overdose every 11 minutes and more than 2 million Americans are ensnared in addiction to prescription painkillers,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference. “We will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict and incarcerate fraudsters and drug dealers wherever they are.”
The investigation was especially focused on medical professionals who were involved in the illegal distribution of opioids and other narcotic drugs, officials said. The abuse of pharmaceutical opioids is widely blamed for a medical crisis involving tens of thousands of overdoses of heroin and fentanyl.
A few of the specialists who were charged utilized government dollars to finance their operation and many lives may have been lost thus:
“Last year, estimated 59,000 people died from a drug overdose … opioids play an enormous role in that total number,” said Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “This is an epidemic.”
Approximately 91 Americans die every day of an opioid related overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among the 412 defendants, 120 were charged with opioid-related crimes. Six of the doctors were charged with operating a scheme in Michigan to prescribe patients with unnecessary opioids, some of which were then sold on the street. The doctors allegedly billed Medicare for $ 164 million in false and fraudulent claims, according to federal officials.
H/T Sarah Palin