Opioid Enforcement Effort

Opioid Enforcement Effort

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With more than cpb image statistic 70,000 drug overdose deaths Americans now dying annually from drug overdoses,1 the Department of Justice is committed to using every available tool to prevent overdose deaths and hold accountable those responsible for the opioid crisis.  The Consumer Protection Branch is on the front lines of the Department’s fight. A leading component of the Department's Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force, the Branch is pursuing both criminal and civil actions against wrongdoing entities and individuals up and down the prescription opioid supply chain.  

The Branch is aided in its work by its expertise in enforcing the Controlled Substances Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as well as its experience with complicated and multi-district litigation.  The Branch’s strong relationships with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Criminal Division, the DEA, and FDA also position it well to coordinate actions and advise Department leadership on policies and initiatives. Through dedicated effort, the Consumer Protection Branch aims to help stem the opioid crisis by ensuring that opioids are not diverted and abused.

Recent Branch Opioid Cases

August 31, 2020
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Opioid Manufacturer Indivior’s Former Global Medical Director Pleads Guilty In Connection With Drug Safety Claims

July 24, 2020
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Indivior Solutions Pleads Guilty To Felony Charge And Indivior Entities Agree To Pay $600 Million To Resolve Criminal And Civil Investigations As Part Of DOJ’s Largest Opioid Resolution

June 30, 2020
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Opioid Manufacturer Indivior’s Chief Executive Officer Pleads Guilty In Connection With Drug Safety Claims

June 22, 2020
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Doctor Charged with Illegally Distributing Controlled Substances Which Resulted in the Death of Three Patients

June 19, 2020
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Former Norfolk Doctor Sentenced For Role In Internet Pharmacy Organization

March 4, 2020
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen Delivers Opening Remarks at the Department of Justice's 2020 National Opioid Summit

February 3, 2020
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Federal Court Orders North Carolina Pharmacy and Pharmacist to Pay $600,000 and to Permanently Cease Dispensing Opioids or Other Controlled Substances

January 8, 2020
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Doctor Who Conspired with Internet Pharmacy Organization to Unlawfully Sell Prescription Drugs Pleads Guilty

December 11, 2019
Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Morrell Delivers Remarks at the Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Conference

July 11, 2019
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Justice Department Obtains $1.4 Billion from Reckitt Benckiser Group in Largest Recovery in a Case Concerning an Opioid Drug in United States History

May 10, 2019
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Justice Department Files Action to Enjoin Texas Doctors From Illegally Prescribing Highly Addictive Opioids and Other Controlled Substances

April 9, 2019
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Indivior Inc. Indicted for Fraudulently Marketing Prescription Opioid

February 8, 2019
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Justice Department Files First of its Kind Action to Stop Tennessee Pharmacies’ Unlawful Dispensing of Opioids

February 6, 2019
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Civil Lawsuit Filed to Seek Judicial Declaration that Drug Injection Site Is Illegal Under Federal Law

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1 Scholl, Kariisa, Wilson, and Baldwin. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;67:1419–1427, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm675152e1

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