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'Everybody In The Crosshairs' As DOJ Opioid Blitz Gets Real

Law360 (July 19, 2019, 8:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's newest indictment of a painkiller distributor and its executives strongly suggests that the agency has embarked on a calculated criminal crackdown after years of civil enforcement failed to ease the opioid epidemic.

The criminal charges announced Thursday against distributor Miami-Luken Inc. and two company bigwigs marked the DOJ's second felony case against an opioid wholesaler, joining a prosecution launched in April against Rochester Drug Co-Operative and a pair of its head honchos.

Antonio M. Pozos, a Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP partner and former federal prosecutor, told Law360 on Friday that it appears the DOJ is "developing...

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