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DOJ Going After Doctors and Others Who Feed Opioid Addictions


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(CNSNews.com) - With the nation experiencing its deadliest drug crisis ever, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced the federal government is going after doctors and other health care providers who contribute to the problem.
“Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients,” Sessions said. “Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start.”

Working with the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Justice Department said it will charge 412 defendants, including 56 doctors, with health care fraud. He said collectively, they have defrauded taxpayers of $1.3 billion.
And 120 of those 412 defendants are charged with opioid-related crimes, Sessions said.:snip:

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Justice Department announces 'largest heathcare fraud takedown in American history'

The Department of Justice on Thursday announced what Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the "largest healthcare fraud takedown operation in American history."
By working with inner Justice Department offices and the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal government charged 412 defendants accused of defrauding taxpayers of roughly $1.3 billion. The charges included 56 doctors, Session said.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said at a press conference Thursday that 29 bureau field offices around the country were involved, with an assist from more than 300 agents.
"The nation is in the midst of a crisis. Opioid abuse destroys lives," he said.


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