US Attorney expects more opioid take downs of medical providers in the future

US Attorney expects more opioid take downs of medical providers in the future

US Attorney expects more opioid take downs of medical providers in the future

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – We’re learning more about the largest opioid takedown of medical providers in the nation. It resulted in charges against 60 individuals from seven states including Alabama. Three of the four arrests in Alabama are doctors from Madison County. US attorney for the Northern District, Jay Town, says investigations into doctors can take years. The task force completed theirs in just a few months.

To help combat the opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice formed a strike force for the Appalachian region designed to investigate illegal opioid prescriptions and distribution.

“We ended up doing investigations that would normally take two years, took about 4 months,” Town said.

Town credits that to the use of resources. “We have hyper-accurate data at the DEA and other agencies in the federal government where we are able to that data and we can sort of pinpoint where these pills are being over-prescribed just by the population center in which they’re being prescribed.”

The takedown itself was coordinated in 18 hours. Town says 60 people were arrested, 31 were doctors who allegedly prescribed 32 million pills.

“That’s more pills than people in these states in which these cases are being prosecuted,” he said.

That sounds like a lot, but Town says it only scratches the surface of this issue.

“There are more doctors out there, there are more people working in clinics, and physicians offices, or pharmacies, or in compounding pharmacies, that we still have ongoing investigations or beginning investigations,” Town said.

And he is confident there will be more takedowns like this in the future.

“If you’re a doctor and you want to act like a drug dealer, we’re going to treat you like one. And sometimes the only difference between a doctor and a drug dealer is a white coat,” he said.

Often times, takedowns can leave patients without a doctor. This task force took measures to help patients. Town says they were able to get access to their file and agents directed them to clinics that are operating legally in the community.

Isn’t that NICE…these members of LAW ENFORCEMENT was able to get to the pt’s medical records and apparently made the “medical decision” which pts were LEGIT PTS and they DIRECTED them to clinics that are operating legally in the community However, did they know if these clinics had the capacity to accept these pts into the practice  and/or if the clinics would accept those pts in the first place.  Typically, when a prescriber’s practice is raided… the pts of those practices are treated like leopards by the other local clinics and few if any will be accepted by those practices as a pt.

3 Responses

  1. This article totally contradicts what the FDA and CDC just came out with in the article I read earlier today. WTH. We need to bitching about the DEA to the FDA and CDC about this issue.!
    This is STOP ALL These Doctors from paying attention to the what’s going on.

  2. “”We have hyper-accurate data at the DEA and other agencies in the federal government ” Oh. My. God. how can anyone print that crap with a straight face?? I hope the writer & the people behind this newest aspect of the insane witch hunt are all run over by buses & get to enjoy every second of their agony to the fullest.

  3. So embarrassing. I do think it is genuinely funny however when they try to make things sound large that are not. The way I see it they are doing more to destroy the stupidity surrounding this issue for the pain patients than we could ever do. They keep loving stupid.

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