Some Greedy Doctors, Nurses Help Feed the Opioid Crisis, Justice Department Charges

Fifty-six doctors were among the 400 people charged with filing false claims worth about $1.3 billion, many involving opioid prescriptions, the Justice Department charged yesterday. “Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at news conference. “They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed.”

As the Wall Street Journal reports, Gov. Chris Sununu, of New Hampshire, one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis, called the charges a “great first step” adding that “the overprescribing of opioids is obviously the unfortunate entryway for addiction.”

Source: Wall Street Journal