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The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction according to an internal memo. The report said that the painkiller would be labeled as a WMD when “certain criteria are met” and that federal officials have long considered fentanyl as a “chemical weapons threat.”
It’s been two and a half years since John Oliver first looked into the opioid crisis unfolding in America. Last Sunday, Oliver dedicated another episode to the epidemic on his show Last Week Tonight. Oliver argues in the segment that the fines that drug companies are having to pay now for failing to monitor opioids have simply become “the cost of doing business.”
A new study published in Medical Care found that the opioid crisis has cost $26 billion for the federal government and $11.8 billion for state governments in lost tax revenue between 2000 and 2016. The study combines previous research and surveys to calculate income and sales tax lost due to people dropping out of the labor market.
Federal prosecutors are charging 60 doctors and other medical professionals in connection with alleged opioid pushing and health care fraud, the Justice Department said on Wednesday (4/17). "You can rest assured, when medical professionals behave like drug dealers, the Department of Justice is going to treat them like drug dealers," said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who runs the DOJ's Criminal Division.
Under a sweeping surveillance program from 2008 to 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration secretly spied on Americans who bought money counters, collecting tens of thousands of records. When asked for a legal review over the program, one manager in the DEA’s Office of Chief Counsel responded, “Unless a federal court tells us we can’t do this, I think we can continue this project.”
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