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August 28, 2008

Government Employees Busted in Connection With OxyContin

An Oxycontin bust netted 56 government officials in Miami, Florida. Some of those busted were school bus drivers, a police officer and a felony clerk officer. They were all busted for an Oxycontin scam that used health insurance information to fraudulently get prescriptions for the painkiller Oxycontin.

A total of 62 people were arrested in all. They will all face charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and grand theft. About 130 medically unnecessary prescriptions for Oxycontin. There were over 12,000 tablets and the street value of the drugs was 400,000.

Oxycontin is a very popular painkiller that has become the drug of choice for many addicts. It is said to deliver an instant high when people crush or dissolve it and take it. This scam began in January 2003. Six recruiters were identified and were charged with enlisting people to participate in the ring. One of the defendants is a physician who the recruiters used to get prescriptions from. They would get the health information from the people they recruited and get unnecessary prescriptions.

It is so scary to think that all of these government workers were willing to be involved in a scam like this. They were essentially drug dealers. The numbers are astonishing. 17 Miami-Dade County Public Schools bus drivers, 10 Miami-Dade County Public School bus attendants, people who have direct contact with children on a regular basis were part of the scam.

Six Solid Waste employees, five Miami-Dade security guards, three Miami-Dade school custodians and two Miami-Dade assistant teachers were also in on this terrible drug scam. Rehabilitation officers, a police officer, a felony clerk, a former employee of Family Christian Services, all of these people from various government positions were making sure that illegal Oxycontin prescriptions were obtained. What a sad state of affairs.

The prescription drug abuse has turned into an epidemic. As more and more people look for ways to get high and escape whatever reality they are existing in, prescription medications are an easy way out. If you can get a doctor who is a little laxed about writing painkiller prescriptions, you can keep yourself and others well supplied. Unfortunately, a drug ring of this type is probably a little more common than we think it is.

As using prescription medication for every ache and pain that we feel becomes more accepted, so does prescription drug abuse. The drugs are more accessible and doctors are more likely to prescribe them. Some people find themselves falling into abusive patterns and a need it created. There will always be someone who is willing to supply that need. That is where people like these government officials come in. They find a way to get the drugs and supply the needs of addicts. This is not that much different from when people decide to peddle drugs on the street. The epidemic is no less devastating and as Oxycontin becomes more plentiful, more scams to provide it will emerge. Hopefully, the next time when the culprits are caught, they are not well paid government employees.

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