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April 7, 2018

DEA’s opioid crackdown brings arrests of prescribers, pharmacists

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The Washington Post – The Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 28 drug prescribers and pharmacists, and revoked the licenses of 147 people who handle controlled substances, as part of a nationwide crackdown on the illegal use and distribution of opioids and other prescription medications, the Justice Department announced Monday.

The 45-day enforcement “surge” stemmed from a review, ordered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, of 80 million drug transactions. The review revealed dispensers who sold disproportionately large amounts of drugs, particularly opioid painkillers, and sparked 188 investigations.

“Our efforts are just getting started,” Sessions said in a news release. “ . . . DEA will surge task force officers and more analysts to places across America where the opioid crisis is at its worst.”

Read more at The Washington Post.