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March 04, 2022

DOJ Still Committed to Holding Opioid Offenders Accountable

While the world’s attention has been on the pandemic at the forefront of every conversation, the DOJ has not lost sight of another crisis plaguing the health of American citizens: the Opioid Crisis. This week the DOJ announced the sentencing of a former Delaware physician to 20 years in prison for “unlawful drug distribution and maintaining a drug-involved premises.” Evidence presented during the July 2021 trial revealed the physician distributed over 1 million opioid pills, including fentanyl, morphine, methadone, OxyContin and oxycodone, without providing any meaningful medical care. Furthermore, the physician prescribed these controlled substances to patients he knew had substance abuse disorders and/or were diverting or selling the prescribed drugs on the street. The Opioid crisis is pervasive and ongoing, and the duty of physicians to responsibly prescribe medications to patients actually in need cannot be overstated.