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Michael Barnes Calls for and end to Indiscriminate DOJ Raids on Doctors

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This articles by Pat Anson of Pain News Networks sites the first opinion piece from a practicing attorney that I have read since I started covering the opioid crisis and it is long overdue. Counselor Barnes is a managing partner of DCBA Law & Policy, a law firm that advises healthcare providers.

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Ohio wholesale drug distributor charged in connection with opioid crisis

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Drug companies shipped billions of painkillers to communities across America without proper oversight between 2006 and 2012, according to newly released data from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), highlighting the pharmaceutical industry’s role in the opioid epidemic as it faces a possible legal reckoning similar to that which befell the tobacco companies in the 1990s.

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DEA data supports claims prescription opioids as initial cause for opioid crisis

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The data shows that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to commercial pharmacies in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012. That’s an increase of over 50%.

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DOJ Announces Results in Fight Against the Opioid Crisis At One Year Mark of Operation S.O.S.

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Over the past year, 10 districts with some of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country, each targeted a county where they focused on prosecuting every readily available case involving fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other synthetic opioids, regardless of the drug quantity.

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NJ Doctor Not Liable For Patient’s Role In Fatal Crash

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Share the News  1         1ShareLikeBy R Carter In this era of opioid hysteria many doctors are rightly concerned about liability issues with regards to prescribed medications and it’s impact on patient behavior while operating an automobile or machinery. It’s not unusual for a patient contract for chronic pain while taking opioids to…

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Extreme Measures by Law Enforcement Send Doctor to Prison

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I would like to believe law enforcement is making the practice of medicine safer, but reports such as this and those I have investigated lead me to believe otherwise.

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135 officers arrest 50 people in massive Connecticut heroin bust – 11 suspects on the run

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State and Federal law enforcement arrested 50 people in Connecticut as part of a massive undercover operation that resulted in the seizure of thousands of bags of heroin, guns and $15,000 in cash.

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Suburban Teen Binge Drinking Rates Outpace Nation

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Chicago state liquor-control officers have cited more than thirteen hundred (1,349) bars, restaurants, groceries and liquor stores for selling alcohol to minors in the greater Chicagoland area in the last five years.

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Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network Q2 2018 Summary Report

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This is an edited copy of the June 2018 Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network, Surveillance of Drug Abuse Trends in the State of Ohio. Specifically edited for this post and as information source for Chronic Pain Patients

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Posted in DEA Who are the bad actors? Government, Healthcare or Patients?

Drug execs face life in prison for opioid-related charges

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The role of media in fanning the flames on what is little more than a passing curiosity which would get no mention if related to another industry

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