Narcs nab docs. A “pill mill” crackdown on 11 South Florida pain clinics that allegedly distributed narcotic painkillers illegally has led to the arrest of 23 Floridians, including four doctors. One of those doctors is the son of Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Authorities involved in “Operation Snake Oil” say the clinics offered patients prescriptions for oxycodone and other controlled substances without any legitimate medical purpose and were health care facilities in name only. U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says that the pain clinics took no insurance, just cash. The indictment says the clinic operators distributed 660,000 pills and made more than $22 million in profit. Meanwhile, Florida lawmakers are considering a prescription drug database as a tool for fighting prescription fraud.
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