Thursday, July 13, 2017

Opioid Crackdown Called Biggest But Doesn't Amount to Much #health #narcotics

Over 400 people have been arrested in a major federal crackdown on healthcare fraud, the Department of Justice has announced. In addition to tackling fraudulent billing, the action sought to fight opioid abuse, which kills over 50,000 Americans each year.

“We are sending a clear message to criminals across this country; we will find you, we will bring you to justice, and you will pay a very high price for what you have done,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters in Washington, DC on Thursday, describing the action that involved over 1,000 law enforcement agents across 30 US states.

RT:   'Largest in US history': Opioids drive healthcare fraud crackdown

That sort of thing is typically sufficient to amuse the crowd but it only nailed fifty-six doctors in result.

This year’s operation has resulted in arrests of 412 individuals, including 56 doctors, who are accused of defrauding taxpayers of approximately $1.3 billion, said Sessions. Over 200 healthcare providers are in the process of being suspended or banned from participating in federal healthcare programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

- RT

Arresting one doctor per state is supposed to actually change the problem?  What kind of bullshit fantasy land believes such things.

The article is there for your review but there's not a word in it about Big Pharma and its relentless overproduction of these narcotics.  However, the article does make one observation:

Four out of five new heroin users get their start on prescription painkillers, said the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chuck Rosenberg. Government statistics show 600 new heroin users each day, and opioid overdoses have exceeded 50,000 annually ‒ the figure Rosenberg illustrated by asking reporters to imagine the Pulse nightclub massacre happening three times a day, every day for a year.

- RT

If Big Pharma has no culpability then who the hell does.

As we have seen time and time again, Big Pharma dances away from any responsibility and isn't tasked with changing anything.  We have nothing more than Washington, once again, going for headlines instead of solutions.

In any other program in which the DEA engages, the first objective is to interdict at the source ... except when it's Big Pharma and they transform into untouchable religious figures.

Did you see anything about an interdiction on the heroin coming out of Afghanistan?

Right.  Me either.

It's just another day with just another bluff which will make a few sparks but won't change a damn thing.


Anonymous said...

This is an excellent move. And Big Pharms is being sued in many states including Tenn. With a little more pushing and a greedy law firm a tobacco style lawsuit is down the pike. I have talked to several lawyers who know of such firms researching such a suit

Peas InOurThyme said...

I have been tracking this in part from annoyance from the smokescreen they make out of reefer but most of all about rage over heroin when I perceive almost nothing substantive is being done about it.

There's someone dying from opiates about every ten minutes (i.e. based on 50K per year) so I need to see something highly damn convincing before I have reason to believe it.