DEA Arrests 280 in Four-State Crackdown on Prescription Pill Distribution

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has arrested 280 people in a four-state crackdown of illegal distribution of prescription pills, named “Operation Pilluted,” Reuters reports. The arrests took place in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.

The operation was aimed at stopping the illegal distribution of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, and other addictive prescription drugs, such as the antidepressant Xanax. Twenty-two doctors and pharmacists were among those arrested on federal and state criminal charges. The DEA said the action was the largest-ever prescription drug operation.

“The doctors and pharmacists arrested in Operation Pilluted are nothing more than drug traffickers who prey on the addiction of others while abandoning the Hippocratic Oath adhered to faithfully by thousands of doctors and pharmacists each day across this country,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Brown said in a statement.

In addition to prescription drugs, the DEA seized 51 vehicles, 202 weapons and more than $400,000 in cash. The 15-month operation involved almost 1,000 law enforcement officers.

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    JoAnn Justice

    May 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Please do this in Kentucky and Tennessee !!!! It’s terrible here and no one seems to care.

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    May 28, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    The article refers to the drug Xanax as an antidepressant. It is actually prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication.

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    Skip Sviokla MD ABAM

    May 22, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    It is a shame that it had to come to this.
    Prescribers Pay Attention.
    Skip Sviokla MD ABAM

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    May 21, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    It’s about time they start making a priority out of this. I went to the hospital a week or so ago and 3 separate times the male nurse asked if I wanted a pain killer and then provided to tell me that it wasn’t nothing to be ashamed of and they I wouldn’t get addicted by talking them once. Somebody stop them!!! I don’t want to go to one of my families funeral because they OD’.

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