Six Detroit Doctors Arrested in Opioid Scheme

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Opening statements are scheduled Monday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2017, in a lawsuit by the city of Everett, Wash., against the makers of the prescription opioid OxyContin, in which it claims the pharmaceutical company knew its prescription painkiller was being funneled into the black market, helping create the opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

In what law enforcement officials are calling “one of the largest health care scams in the country,” six Detroit area doctors have been arrested in a multi-million dollar opioid scheme. A U.S. District Court indictment unsealed Thursday accuses the physicians of cheating Medicare and Medicaid out of nearly $500 million by illegally prescribing more than 13 million doses of such drugs as Oxycontin, Percocet, Opana and Victodin. Prosecutors say the doctors fueled the U.S. opioid problem for five years for their own monetary gain. “The damage that opioid distribution has done to our community and to the United States as a whole has been devastating,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says. “Healthcare professionals who prey on patients who are addicted to opioids in order to line their pockets is particularly egregious.” Do you think there’s a reason for the rise in drug cases involving doctors? Is it because law enforcement officials are just starting to notice? Could rising malpractice insurance rates have anything to do with it?

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