DEA: “Lives Are At Stake” In Physician Cases


The Drug Enforcement Administration denies the Washington Post’s charge that it is excessively “targeting pain docors who write frequent narcotics prescriptions.” In a letter to the Post, DEA administrator Karen Tandy says it is “not the case” that, as the Post writes, medical “ambiguity” is being “turned into allegations of criminal behavior.”

Tandy says her agency does “investigate when credible evidence indicates that a physician is prescribing in bulk outside established boundaries of legitimate medical practice set by his or her peers.”

Tandy complains that the Post “gave little explanation of the compelling reason why such investigations have become an enforcement priority for the DEA: Lives are at stake.” The agency attempts “to responsibly protect patients and communities from the costs of narcotics abuse” she says.


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