Five Docs Charged in Opioid Scandal

Last week the Senate passed sweeping legislation to address the opioid epidemic, which President Trump says he will sign into law. The bill, known as the Substance Use Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act, tackles prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as enforcement.

However, the legislation can’t fix the one thing that is driving the health crisis:  greed.

Five New York doctors were charged Thursday with running illegal prescription drug mills that flooded the state with more than 8.5 million oxycodone pills.

The opioid pills resulted in the deaths of several people and multiple overdoses, according to Manhattan federal prosecutors.

“We are in the middle of an opioid epidemic of epic proportions,” Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a news conference. “These doctors were drug dealers in white coats…They did it for a very specific reason: greed.”
Think about that for a moment-8.5 million pills!  The worst offender, Dr. Dante Cubangbang, doled out 4.6 million pills in the last six years.  These docs made millions and fueled a healthcare crisis rarely witnessed in this country.  We have an opioid crisis in this country and some people are making a fortune as a result.
Dr. Carl Anderson distributed nearly a million oxycodone pills since 2006 from his office and home in Staten Island, according to prosecutors working out of the Southern District of New York in Manhattan.

“Anderson often saw those purported patients, some of whom displayed visible signs of drug addiction, without appointments, in the middle of the night — sometimes at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning — and required that they pay hundreds of dollars in cash for each prescription,” court papers say.

In my opinion, we should throw the book at these doctors and others who exploit and profit off the misery of addicts and would-be addicts.  Instead, we criminalize addiction and let these docs run their profitable pill mills.  Yes, the doctors (some of them at least) have been charged but why did it take so long to catch them?

How many people have to die or become unneccesarily addicted to potent pain pills for our country to recognize the real problem and then do something about it?

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