Justice Department to send federal prosecutor to Maryland to aid opioid fight (WJZ)
Thursday Aug 3rd, 2017
The Justice Department announced a new plan Wednesday to dispatch a federal prosecutor to Maryland and other areas hit hard by drug misuse. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls it the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit.
The plan will work in conjunction with a data program, focusing on finding those who are illegally distributing prescription drugs.
Sessions unveiled the program, which would put 12 federal prosecutors in areas with high overdose rates, including Baltimore, to investigate and prosecute opioid scams like physicians and others running pill mills as well as health care fraud."We must create a culture that is hostile to drug abuse," Sessions said.