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DOJ Leaning More On FCA In Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Law360 (March 8, 2018, 8:54 PM EST) -- A senior U.S. Department of Justice official said the DOJ is ramping up its use of the False Claims Act to crack down on unnecessary prescriptions for opioid painkillers, as part of broader focus on fighting opioid abuse.

Speaking at the Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Conference on Feb. 28, Deputy Associate Attorney General Stephen Cox said it was particularly important to the DOJ to preserve “independent medical decision-making in the context of controlled substances” like opioids, according to a transcript of the speech issued Thursday.

Amid both the heavy loss of lives stemming from opioid abuse and addiction — an average...

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