The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that sales of prescription opioid painkillers in the U.S. have quadrupled between 1999 and 2014 but with no increase in the amount of pain suffered by patients. We aren’t sicker or hurting more, we simply take more drugs. Lots more drugs. And where do all these narcotic painkillers come from? Many come from pain management clinics.
According to the CDC, “Health care providers, including those in primary care settings, report concern about opioid-related risks of addiction and overdose, as well as insufficient training in pain management… Moreover, long-term use of opioid pain relievers for chronic pain can be associated with abuse and overdose, particularly at higher dosages.
While many pain management clinics are legitimate, many others are nothing more than pill mills. Our Due Diligence blog is full of stories about doctors who write massive amount of prescriptions for high power narcotics, sometimes without seeing the patients or with complete awareness that the patient is abusing and / or selling their drugs. One Detroit area clinic was using patient recruiters to solicit homeless people and addicts to come to the clinic.
When state and federal healthcare dollars are used to pay for these prescriptions, whistleblower awards are available. In some states such as Illinois and California, awards are also available when private insurance is used.
Shutting down illegal pill mills isn’t just good for taxpayers. With so many deaths associated with prescription drug abuse and so many crimes too, reporting these greedy doctors and physicians is simply the right thing to do.
If you worked as a patient recruiter, worked in a pill mill or currently work in a pill mill, contact us immediately. Even if you left a few years ago, your information may still be useful and make you eligible for an award. For more information, contact attorney Brian Mahany at or by telephone at 414-704-6731 (direct). All inquiries are confidential.