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Criminal intent and the opioid crisis. It’s not always the illegal drug traffickers and dealers who are the criminals in these cases. Sometimes it is the upstanding members of our community, like the pharmaceutical companies and distributors, physicians and the pharmacists who are the ones committing the crimes that lead to increased opioid abuse, addiction, overdose and death.

Of course, the opioid epidemic has many elements, and is a complex problem that will not be easy to eradicate nor resolve. Most communities and regions of the United States have been adversely impacted by opioid abuse, addiction, overdose and death. In the Appalachia region, a legitimate distributor of prescription drugs was recently indicted. Fox News has the story:

Criminal intent and the opioid crisis. An Ohio pharmaceutical distributor has been accused in a criminal indictment of scheming to flood parts of rural Appalachia with millions of painkillers, contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Miami-Luken was charged with conspiring to provide hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to more than 200 pharmacies in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Tennessee, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday.

Read more at foxnews.com

 

Criminal intent and the opioid crisisIn the State of Virginia, a physician was found guilty and sentenced to 40 years in prison for illegally prescribing more then 500,000 doses of opioids to patients in Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Tennessee.

 

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/virginia-doctor-who-prescribed-more-500-000-opioid-doses-sentenced-n1062136

 

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