Doctors, pharmacists and & # 39; drug dealers & # 39; have been arrested among 41 people as part of & # 39; advanced opioid ring that distributed 23 MILLION pain pills & # 39;
- Houston officers raid 15 pharmacies and six & # 39; pill mill & # 39; clinics as part of a study by the Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday
- 41 people were subsequently charged with their alleged roles in an advanced opioid distribution ring
- Doctors, nurses and pharmacists are accused of being involved in the scheme, with more than 23 million pills being prescribed fraudulently
- Drug dealers would then distribute the drug for sale as far as Boston, ABC reports
Doctors and pharmacists are among 41 people accused of their alleged involvement in an advanced opioid ring in Houston.
On Wednesday, officers raided 15 pharmacies and six & # 39; pill-mill & # 39; clinics in the city to disrupt the drug network that they believe has fraudulently spread more than 23 million pain pills.
Medications prescribed under false pretenses include oxycodone, hydrocodone and carisoprodol.
Researchers claim that doctors and pharmacists all knew that prescriptions for the pills did not serve a legitimate medical purpose and were a violation of their professional practice.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has issued an immediate suspension to seven of the 15 pharmacies that have been raided – including one that has supplied & n ° 39 the ninth highest amount of oxycodone in the nation & # 39; ABC news.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested 41 people for alleged role in an advanced opioid ring operating from Houston, which has reportedly spread 23 MILLION painkillers under fraudulent pretensions
The DEA held a press conference on Thursday to report the arrests and stated that they would not remain idle because the opioid crisis is still causing trauma throughout the country
In a press conference on Thursday, the Justice Department revealed that & # 39; one hundred percent of the oxycodone issued by the pharmacy – every single oxycodone pill that left the premises – had the highest available dosage strength of that drug. & # 39 ;
It is claimed that suspected drug dealers and traders would then sell the drugs across the country, in cities as far as Boston.
During the press conference on Thursday, a special agent from the Houston division of DEA stated that his office would not remain unemployed because the opioid epidemic was costing more and more lives.
& # 39; This type of criminal activity is partly the cause of 68,500 deaths from overdoses per year in the United States, & # 39; they explained.
& # 39; The DEA and our countless law enforcement partners will not sit still while drug dealers wearing lab coats work with street dealers to flood our communities with more than 23 million dangerous and highly addictive pills. & # 39;
Drugs that have been prescribed fraudulently include oxycodone, hydrocodone and carisoprodo
350 officers were involved in the DEA investigation
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