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September 22, 2017

Discussing opioid epidemic, AG Sessions says he is "convinced this is a winnable war"

I have never been too keen on using war rhetoric to describe any activities other than actual war, and I was struck by the phrase quoted in the title of this post appearing toward the end of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' latest speech about the opioid epidemic.  Here is an excerpt from the close of the speech as prepared for delivery to law enforcement in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:

[T]o help fight the overprescribing of opioid painkillers, I announced last month that we will allocate new resources to find and prosecute the fraudsters who help flood our streets with drugs.

The first new resource is a data analytics program at the Department called the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. This team will help us find the tell-tale signs of opioid-related health care fraud by identifying statistical outliers. Fraudsters might lie, but the numbers don’t.

The second is that I’ve assigned 12 experienced prosecutors to focus solely on investigating and prosecuting opioid-related health care fraud cases in a dozen “hot-spot” locations around the country -- places where they are especially needed. And one of those will be in Western Pennsylvania.

And, today, I am announcing that we will be awarding nearly $20 million in federal grants to help law enforcement and public health agencies address prescription drug and opioid abuse. This is an urgent problem and we are making it a top priority. I believe that these new resources and new efforts will make a difference, bring more criminals to justice, and ultimately save lives.

And I’m convinced this is a winnable war.

But in order to end this crisis, we must work together. Eighty-five percent of all law enforcement officers serve at the state and local level, and your work is essential to our success. Strengthening partnerships between law enforcement officers at all levels is a central theme of my tenure at the DOJ, and I hope you will help me do that.  Each of you has a difficult job, but it is a job worth doing, and a job that your communities are depending upon. And you can know this: you have our thanks, and we have your back.

September 22, 2017 at 05:01 PM | Permalink

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WHAT IF ...
We were to do NOTHING ❓
THEN
Would not the toxicity of opiods , etc.
Eventually solve the crisis ?

Harsh , I agree😳‼️

IF an Rx opiod user KNEW in advance that abuse or unintentional overdose had a consequence of ☠️DEATH☠️ ...
THEN is it not a fair question to ask whether said user would exercise extreme caution in use of the drug ❓🤔
1017.09.11.T1310R

Posted by: Docile the Kind Soul | Sep 22, 2017 5:09:57 PM

If it is a "war," a metaphor that generally is something to be wary of per William Sherman's dictum as to wars, prosecutors will play a relatively small role ideally from what I understand of it all. But, those with hammers try to pound nails.

Posted by: Joe | Sep 22, 2017 5:17:37 PM

And those with wooden heads gleefully accept said nails

Posted by: Hold The Door | Sep 22, 2017 6:15:56 PM

"Strengthening partnerships between law enforcement officers at all levels is a central theme of my tenure at the DOJ, and I hope you will help me do that. Each of you has a difficult job, but it is a job worth doing, and a job that your communities are depending upon. And you can know this: you have our thanks, and we have your back."

What the ...?

Hey Sessions, forget something? Your boy, Rod? He made war on the police? Remember now?

You should fire Rosenstein, and tear up all the Draconian consent decrees with police departments. They have deterred not only the department that signed them, but all other departments who have people that read the newspapers. Your boy did not just blow up the murder rates in 20 cities, he likely caused the opioid overdose crisis.

OK,they are morons. They are about to get into Crimes Against Humanity Class of Moronitude. They are going to deter pain management across the nation, and plunge millions of people into an agonizing state until their deaths. Millions may choose to accelerate that date by suicide, given the intensity of their torment. Sessions will now cause hundreds of thousands of suicides a year.

The people who are overdosing are not pain patients. This is a pain patient, "The 5 mg of methadone made made me dizzy and sleepy. I had to cut it in half to be able to drive to work."

The overdose deaths are from carfentanyl used to cut illegal heroin for pennies of extra profit. Sessions wants to keep busy criminals alive to maintain employment for the lawyer profession.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 22, 2017 10:23:16 PM

Sessions says, " I announced last month that we will allocate new resources to find and prosecute the fraudsters who help flood our streets with drugs." O.k. I'll help you find them.
Try doctors and pharmaceutical company executives and employees.

Posted by: aon15 | Sep 23, 2017 8:42:26 AM

Anon15 is scapegoating the wrong people. That lawyer is doing so for money purposes. This is the tactic of several state AG's. Lawyers will be making money off a national tragedy.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 23, 2017 10:09:44 AM

lawyers do many things, but "flooding our streets with drugs" is not one of them. Doctors and big pharma are the primary culprits---getting rich off those suffering from pain--then leaving them addicts who resort to heroin and other opiates

Posted by: aon15 | Sep 23, 2017 11:19:49 AM

Aon15, you nailed it with this post. lawyers do many things, but "flooding our streets with drugs" is not one of them. Doctors and big pharma are the primary culprits---getting rich off those suffering from pain--then leaving them addicts who resort to heroin and other opiates

How is it possible that we have so many people suffering with so much pain that they need drugs as strong and the duration. 20-30 yrs ago we didnt have these drugs and we got by just fine. Prohibit the sale and manufacturing of these drugs, problem solved and I didnt need 12 experienced prosecutors and $20 million.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Sep 24, 2017 5:43:58 AM

Aon. Problem. The dead have heroin and carfentanyl in them, and some prescribed pain medication, in a few.

Your boy, Obama, added a little patient satisfaction survey, and tied payment to hospitals, ER's, and doctors' offices to the ratings of patients. Now, you cannot make the patient wait by saying, see your primary care physician or get an appointment at a pain management clinic. If you do, you get bad ratings, and your payment is cut, threatening the survival of the facility. Your boy, Obama, is a Harvard Law grad, a lawyer.

Then lawyer scum added a pain scale as the Fifth Vital Sign. If someone had a pulse of 180 at rest, you would have to treat that vital sign. If someone had a blood pressure of 190/140 or a blood pressure so low, it could not be obtained, you would have to treat that vital sign. Now, the lawyer said, if someone has a pain rating of more than 5 out of 10, you have to treat it. The lawyers even forced doctors to accept the subjective experience of pain. So I get a paper cut. I circle 10 out of 10 on a pain scale, I am getting opiates. The judgment of doctors has been removed. I have a mental illness. I over react to the little twinges or cramps everyone has all the time. I am screaming now. I get opiates, despite the judgment of my doctor.

Most catastrophes have multiple factors. In the case of the opioid epidemic, most factors involve lawyers telling doctors hos to run their businesses. I tell my doctor friends who are on the verge of violence, you are lucky. Try being a truck driver, or a police officer, or a teacher, and you will see real lawyer tyranny.

Fifth vital sign.

Patient Satisfaction surveys.

Ferguson Effect.

Decarceration Movement. Drug dealers of carfentanyl are non-violent. Release them by the thousands.

Do not clamp down on the Chinese, the producers of carfentanyl. We owe the Red Army $2 trillion for our lawyer driven federal spending binge, with Harvard Law grad maniac, Obama, blasting the debt more than all 43 preceding Presidents combined.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 24, 2017 10:45:11 AM

Behar, you could use some opiates yourself. Calms down, man, you're blowing a gasket.

Posted by: anon21 | Sep 24, 2017 12:26:46 PM

Anon12. I am not blowing any gasket. The facts are. I am calm about the opioid crisis. I think it is a net benefit. The false agitation is really about busting lawyer employment, after the clients are deceased.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 24, 2017 4:00:17 PM

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