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United States charges 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

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Howard Terry | 14 July, 2017, 00:30

Sessions said federal investigators "believe there are a lot more cases that need to be brought" and that the medical community needs to continue efforts to reduce the amount of opioid prescribing in the country. The defendants are accused of taking advantage of the poor and elderly by overprescribing painkillers to patients then billing the federal government for the proceeds.

In response to a CNN request, the group said that it would not provide a transcript of Sessions' remarks.

"Preventing addiction is the most important thing we can do", Sessions told reporters, advocating a return to programs that had good results in the 1980s and 1990s, and that treatment seems the least effective option. We need to have a reinforced message to stay away from these drugs, minimize your exposure to them.

Rosenberg called on Americans to clean up their medicine cabinets, as most addicts who start on pills get them from someone who was given painkillers legitimately.

Since becoming AG, Sessions has come under criticism for pushing tactics at the DOJ that many see as a return to the failed "war on drugs" era of the '80s and '90s.

Of the 412 charged in the year-long operation, 56 were physicians.

The barely controlled pumping of hundreds of millions of doses of opioids into USA communities during the past decade is blamed for a sharp surge in addiction and overdose deaths which totalled an estimated 60,000 a year ago. "The problem is compounded by the fact that our country is in the midst of the deadliest drug crisis in our history".

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, however, was optimistic about treatment possibilities, bringing up a vaccine for addiction the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are working on, and some non-euphoric pain medication now in development. In 2015, the number of opioid overdose deaths was "approaching 60,000", Price said. "What is going on in our society?" He added that the numbers for 2017 are "not better". "Why is it they have lost hope?"

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