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Raids Reveal Massive Fentanyl Production in Myanmar

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China’s crackdown on makers of the drug, which has fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, may have simply created opportunities for crime syndicates elsewhere. …

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Silicon Valley health-tech start-up took kickbacks to push doctors to prescribe opioids, DOJ finds

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In the middle of the opiate crisis, a Silicon Valley start-up called Practice Fusion saw an opportunity.

The company developed an electronic medical record system for doctors. Instead of charging for the software, like its competitors, the company generated the bulk of its revenue by advertising to doctors.

And it used that advertising system to encourage physicians to prescribe opiates, according to the Department of Justice.

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DOJ Investigation into DEA Role in Opioid Crisis

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Share the News  3      1  4SharesLikeBy R Carter When trying to define accountability or the lack thereof, to which groups played a role in how the opioid overdose problem grew to such proportions, I’ve often used this analogy.   The Analogy   Image the Federal Government providing funds to build an interstate highway…

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Posted in DEA Law Enforcement

DEA Finally Takes Aim at Real Cause for Opioid Overdoses

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The DEA has proposed new controls for three precursor chemicals used to illicitly manufacture fentanyl.

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DEA Raid Nets 300 Arrests and 600 Pounds of Drugs in Florida

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The DEA searched and shut down a dozen Florida pharmacies this week as part of “Operation Cazador,” seizing roughly 200,000 opioid pills, more than 35 weapons and about $3.3 million in assets, NBC News reported Friday. 

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CDC Reports Illicit Fentanyl Appearing in Nearly All Illicit Overdose Deaths

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Overall they report about a 5% decrease in Prescription Overdose Deaths when compared to the time frame 2014-2017. Yet in this same time frame, overdoses from illegally manufactured Fentanyl are up 11% with 63% of those reporting combined Fentanyl use with benzodiazepines, cocaine, or methamphetamine.

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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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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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