601 Individuals Charged in Largest Opioid Fraud Bust in History

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The Department of Justice revealed charges Thursday in one of the largest Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, and other insurers fraud/Opiod busts in history. It came as part of an effort to dismantle schemes across the country involved in scamming health care programs.

The takedown included the arrest of 165 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals. They allegedly participated in health care fraud schemes of $2 billion plus in false billings.  Of those charged, 162 defendants included 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, and 19 nurses. Their roles involved prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics.

A total of 601 individuals have been charged.

According to the CDC, approximately 115 Americans die every day of an opioid-related overdose. These health professionals take advantage of the addicted patients who come to them for help. They see their suffering and turn it into dollar signs.

THE DEADLIEST DRUG EPIDEMIC IN US HISTORY

In one example, the owner of a Texas-based pharmacy chain and two co-conspirators filled scripts for more than 1 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, which were subsequently transferred to couriers for sale on the street.

“Much of this fraud is related to our ongoing opioid crisis—which is the deadliest drug epidemic in American history,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Some of our most trusted medical professionals look at their patients—vulnerable people suffering from addiction—and they see dollar signs.”

Americans in need go without help and the addicted are destroyed thanks to greed.

“Every dollar recovered in this year’s operation represents not just a taxpayer’s hard-earned money—it’s a dollar that can go toward providing healthcare for Americans in need,” said HHS Secretary Azar.  “This year’s Takedown Day is a significant accomplishment for the American people, and every public servant involved should be proud of their work.”

These people are the bottom feeders of society.

“It takes a special kind of person to prey on the sick and vulnerable as happened in many of these health care fraud schemes,” said Deputy Chief Hylton.  “Medical professionals and others callously placed individuals and vital healthcare services in harm’s way simply because of greed.”

THEY WERE WILLING TO KILL AMERICANS FOR MONEY

More than 42,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Drug overdose deaths surged in 2016 by 21 percent, claiming more than 64,000 lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opiods mostly drive the increase. Opiods claimed 42,249 lives in 2016, a 28 percent increase over the roughly 33,000 lives lost to opioids in 2015.

Deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl experienced a particularly dramatic increase. It more than doubled from 9,580 lives in 2015 to 19,413 lives in 2016. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than Morphine.

The epidemic is contributing to declining life expectancy in the U.S., officials say. Life expectancy dropped for the second consecutive year in 2016. It’s the first time since an outbreak of influenza in 1962 and 1963.


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