Over $1.1M in Civil Settlements Reaffirm DOJ’s Commitment to Preventing Opioid Abuse
(STL.News) The United States Attorney’s Office has collected $792,000 in civil penalties as two more civil Controlled Substances Act (CSA) investigations have settled, announced U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Steven S. Whipple, Houston Division. These civil settlements, coupled with the Town & Country Drug, Inc. settlement, total $1,112,000.00 in agreed civil penalties obtained in the district in the past two months stemming from investigations in Austin, San Antonio and Odessa. These settlements reflect DOJ’s ongoing commitment to addressing the opioid crisis by preventing, detecting and investigating the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals from legitimate sources.
“We depend on pharmacies and medical providers following the CSA’s recordkeeping requirements so that the DEA can carry out its critical mission of preventing the diversion of controlled substances,” said U.S. Attorney Sofer. “This office recognizes the devastating impact the diversion and improper use of controlled substances has on communities throughout this district. These cases affirm our commitment to using all avenues of enforcement to protect the health and safety of our citizens.”
“These settlements should remind pharmacies and medical providers that they, too, must adhere to federal laws designed to ensure the safe and legal dispensation of pharmaceutical drugs,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Whipple.