60 people in eight states charged with illegally prescribing, distributing opioids

18 Avril, 2019, 04:36 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • North AL doctors caught up in federal opioid sweep

The operation was conducted by the federal Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, launched previous year by the Trump administration.

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that 60 people across five states, including more than 30 physicians, were charged in connection with millions of illegal prescription opioids in a takedown by its "Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force". Benjamin Glassman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of OH, told reporters that the task force is also dedicated to getting help for the suffering.

Those charged include two doctors who allegedly prescribed pills in exchange for sexual favors and a doctor who prosecutors say prescribed pills for their own use. They didn't immediately name those being charged. West Virginia and OH have regularly been among the states with the highest overdose death rates as the opioid crisis has swelled in recent years.

More than 200,000 people have died of prescription opioid-related overdoses in the USA since 1999.

A doctor who was charged in Tennessee called himself the "Roc Doc" and traded prescriptions for sex as he prescribed 800,000 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills and 600,000 benzodiazepine tablets over three years, the Justice Department said.

'Swamp Thing' to shut down production early
Early this morning, word spread that Warner Bros.' in-production Swamp Thing series had suddenly halted production. This is...kind of a bad look for Swamp Thing , as the timing of the trailer is so very clearly damage control.

The Live-Action Minecraft Movie Is Due Out In 2022
Why so long, well according to the developers, "It's only 1053 days". Sollett was announced as director back in January 2019 .

Michelle Obama Backlash Over Donald Trump Comment
Sadly, things went left for the Harvard-educated author when she experienced a good old case of foot-in-the-mouth syndrome. His estranged father would visit him in Hawaii only once before he died in a vehicle accident in 1982.

An indictment states that Jeff Young operated a clinic in Jackson, Tennessee, and promoted his practice with the motto "work hard, play harder". Over the course of three years, the doctor, the department said, prescribed almost 1.5 million pills, the bulk of which were hydrocodone, oxycodone and benzodiazepine pills.

The charges leveled by the ARPO Strike Force involve over 350,000 prescriptions and over 32 million pills distributed out by health care officials across several states, including Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida.

In another instance, in the Western District of Kentucky, according to the DOJ, a doctor would provide pre-signed blank prescriptions to office staff who used them to prescribe drugs while he was out of the office.

"The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region", Attorney General William Barr said in the statement, adding that the DOJ "is doing its part to help end this crisis".


  • New CEO to take reins of Best Buy

    New CEO to take reins of Best Buy

    Barry, who also joins the company's board, has been the electronics chain's chief financial and strategic transformation partner. COO, will be promoted to president and COO, The company will conduct an internal and external search for a new CFO.
    NASA astronaut Christina Koch aims for record-setting 328 days on ISS

    NASA astronaut Christina Koch aims for record-setting 328 days on ISS

    Station astronaut Christina Koch (Cook) will remain on board for about 11 months, until February. She will log 328 days in space, setting the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.
    L'Etat va falloir payer — Aéroport NDDL

    L'Etat va falloir payer — Aéroport NDDL

    Vinci dément formellement les rumeurs parues dans la presse sur l'existence de discussions avec l'Etat portant sur les indemnités de résiliation relatives au contrat de concession des aéroports du grand ouest .
  • Notre Dame fire: Social media users and politicians express solidarity with Parisians

    Notre Dame fire: Social media users and politicians express solidarity with Parisians

    Notre-Dame is home to relics from the Passion of Christ, described as a piece of the cross, a nail and the Holy Crown of Thorns . Offers of assistance flowed in from around the world to help restore the 12th century tourist attraction to its former glory.
    Mélissa parle de Quesada:

    Mélissa parle de Quesada: "Il était en train de me violer"

    Il m'a dit: "'T'as pas de quoi pleurer, tu te sens en sécurité avec moi, tu vas réaliser ton rêve, tu vas voir Cyril et Camille'". Mais l'animateur n'a rien vu de ce qui se tramait et pensait que Mélissa et Christian Quesada se connaissaient depuis longtemps.

    Fils de légende de la Formule 1 a dépassé son père

    Nul doute qu’elle offrira à Mika la meilleure option pour poursuivre sa carrière dans le sport automobile. Et il n'est pas Andrei Arshavin, pour répondre à la question sur les attentes facilement et naturellement.
  • Subaru Outback brings new tech and turbo power to NY

    Subaru Outback brings new tech and turbo power to NY

    Blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert are optional, as is steering-responsive lighting. Limited and Touring trims offer 10-way power front seats and heated front and rear seats that warm up to the shoulders.
    Archer given chance to stake England CWC claim

    Archer given chance to stake England CWC claim

    There had been speculation that the 24-year-old might pick up his first cap having qualified for the team in March. The preliminary World Cup squad is unchanged from the winter one-day series against the West Indies.

    Votre voiture doit être dans un état impeccable

    En ce qui concerne la sécurité, le choix des pneus parfaitement adaptés est extrêmement. Mais tout d’abord, vous devez savoir où trouver les pièces compatibles avec votre voiture.
  • Shelling kills two and injures eight in Tripoli

    Shelling kills two and injures eight in Tripoli

    He backs a rival administration based in eastern Libya that is refusing to recognise the authority of the Tripoli government. Asked if the draft resolution could be adopted this week, he said: "It depends on them, not us", without elaborating.
    Glowing 'Fireball' Illuminates Night Sky Along US East Coast

    Glowing 'Fireball' Illuminates Night Sky Along US East Coast

    In addition, 45 people in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark also claimed they saw something similar. Residents along the East Coast have reported seeing a meteor blazing across the nighttime sky.
    Au moins 28 morts dans l'accident d'un autocar au Portugal

    Au moins 28 morts dans l'accident d'un autocar au Portugal

    C'est Filipe Sousa, le maire de la commune voisine de Santa Cruz, qui a fourni ce chiffre à l'agence de presse portugaise Lusa. L'accident est survenu à 18 h 30 locales (17 h 30 GMT) et aurait fait 21 blessés, toujours selon le maire de Santa Cruz.


Israelis Suffer Spacecraft Crash on the Moon!
The SpaceIL team were unperturbed by the loss of the mission , and counted the failed landing as an achievement in itself. SpaceIL, in partnership with government-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, built Beresheet for only about US$100 million.

US trade deficit hits eight-month low as Chinese imports fall
President Trump had threatened to increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from 10% this year. On the other side of the ledger, the country also exported less of just about everything that wasn't energy.

Lexus Reveals China Specific LM Luxury Minivan - Not For The USA!
At the rear, combined with the bumper is a uniquely designed full width LED taillight reminiscent of other Lexus models. At this week's Shanghai Auto Show , luxury brand Lexus is presenting its latest new model, and it's a minivan .

Trump administration to restrict United States travel to Cuba
He said that the United States would also impose limits on the money that families can send back to the cash-strapped island.

Lori Loughlin's Daughter Deletes Instagram Amid College Scandal
Actress Felicity Huffman arrives holding hands with an unidentified man, left, at federal court in Boston on April 4, 2019. On Monday, the couple pled not guilty to both charges they face in the case: mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

Florida girl 'infatuated' with Columbine massacre found dead
But there will be "heightened safety and security procedures" ahead of Saturday's 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre . Almost 30 armed law enforcement officers swarmed on the area in the moments before confirming Pais was found dead.

Buttigieg at appearance in Iowa aims to build campaign momentum
Described as a "small number" of hecklers by CNN , one man shouted, "Remember Sodom and Gommorah" at the De Moines rally. Organizers estimated that 1,650 people appeared at his campaign rally in Des Moines.

Hyundai unveils Venue, its first-ever connected vehicle in India
Drive is to the front wheels and buyers will be able to choose between a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission . And with no shortage of style and features, that ought to make it attractive to a huge number of budget-minded shoppers.

The Jaguar I-Pace is World Car of the Year
Despite its flaws the Suzuki Jimny is sold out in Australia for 12 months and some dealers have stopped taking orders. Finally, the World Urban Car award went to the Suzuki Jimny , which held off the Hyundai Atos/Santro and Kia Soul.

L'attaquant du Lightning Nikita Kucherov est suspendu pour un match
Steven Stamkos et ses coéquipiers sont méconnaissables depuis le début de la série contre les Blue Jackets. Tampa Bay tire de l'arrière 2-0 dans la série, alors que le match no 3 aura lieu à Columbus dimanche.