Even on the campaign trail, President Trump talked about the opioid crisis.
He said he would try to “end the opioid epidemic in America,” and his administration has been trying to follow through.
A few months ago, Trump signed an executive order which created the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2017
The commission was designed to do a number of things such as:
Identify existing federal dollars to combat drug addiction, including opioids;
Assess availability and access to addiction treatment centers and overdose reversal and identify underserved areas;
Measure the effectiveness of state prescription drug monitoring programs;
Evaluate public messaging campaigns about prescription and illegal opioids, and identify best practices for drug prevention.
I’ve seen a lot of chatter (mostly from liberal blogs) on how ineffective the commission is (since when do liberals care about effectiveness?), but oddly enough, I haven’t heard them cover this.
Major opioid fraud crackdowns. It’s happening.
The Department of Justice on Thursday announced charges against more than 400 people in connection with a major crackdown on medical fraud aimed at combating the nation’s opioid epidemic.
The investigation focused on doctors who authorities say were prescribing unnecessary opioids and medical facilities that preyed on addicts to shell out cash for unnecessary treatments that only worsened their condition.
Current FBI Director Andrew McCabe said some doctors “wrote out more prescriptions for controlled substances in one month than entire hospitals were writing.”
The scams resulted in more than $1 billion in false billing uncovered in what Attorney General Jeff Sessions called “the largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history.” Much of that came out of the government’s pocket by illegally billing Medicare and Medicaid.
I repeat, much of that came out of the government’s pocket. And by that I mean, your pocket.
Among those charged were a fake Florida rehab facility that is alleged to have used gift cards and strip club visits to recruit addicts, and a Houston doctor who sold thousands of opioid prescriptions for cash.
“We want to send a message to those that are violating the law that we are coming after you,” Sessions said.
Trump should get credit for this, but he won’t. MSM would much rather pump out headlines like this:
A billion-dollar opioid fraud crackdown = falling short. Got it.
Never change, MSM. Never change.