Justice Department announces massive criminal crackdown on opioid prescription fraud: 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses charged | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Justice Department announces massive criminal crackdown on opioid prescription fraud: 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses charged

The federal government has finally taken action against some of those who are contributing to our country’s opioid epidemic and committing medical fraud in what the Department of Justice is describing as the biggest health care fraud crackdown in our nation’s history.

The Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, announced charges last week against a total of 601 defendants in an action against health care fraud. Among those charged were 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, and 19 nurses who were implicated in prescribing or distributing either opioids or other narcotics.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a dim view toward those abusing their patients, saying: “Some of our most trusted medical professionals look at their patients — vulnerable people suffering from addiction — and they see dollar signs.”

These medical personnel, they say, have contributed to this devastating epidemic, stealing tax dollars and flooding the streets with drugs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called the perpetrators “despicable and greedy people” in a press conference.

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