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DEA’s Diversion Control Division strives to prevent, detect, and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources. When the safety and health of the American people is in jeopardy, DEA takes action against those who violate the law. Read the latest on these enforcement cases and civil actions.

August 2023

Former Auburn Physician Pays $135,000 and Forfeits DEA Registration, for Overprescribing Controlled Substances (Aug. 30, 2023)

Austin Pharmacy to Pay $200,000 in Civil Penalties for Alleged Violations of the Controlled Substances Act (Aug. 17, 2023)

CA Attorney General Bonta Announces Arrest of Santa Clara Doctor for Illegal Opioid Prescription Scheme (Aug. 11, 2023)

Physician Assistant at Chicago Medical Practice Charged with Fraudulently Writing Opioid Prescriptions (Aug. 4, 2023)

Missouri Woman Admits Fraudulently Obtaining Pain Pills Meant for Animals (Aug. 4, 2023)

Christian & Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc. Agrees to Pay $250,000 to Resolve Alleged Violations of the Controlled Substances Act (Aug. 3, 2023)

Missouri Nurse Sentenced for Taking Leftover Fentanyl from Hospital (Aug. 1, 2023)

July 2023

Toms River Woman Charged with Unauthorized Practice of Medicine, Forgery, Health Care Claims Fraud, and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (July 27, 2023)

Pharmaceutical President Sentenced in Counterfeit Drug Trafficking Conspiracy (July 27, 2023)

Doctor Convicted of Unlawfully Distributing Opioids (July 26, 2023)

Suburban Chicago Physician Sentenced to Federal Prison for Prescribing Opioids Without a Medical Exam (July 17, 2023)

Consent Decree Approved Among the U.S. and Cumberland, M.D. based Pharmacy and Pharmacist (July 6, 2023)

Court Orders Maryland Pharmacy to Pay $120,000 Penalty in Case Alleging Unlawful Opioid Distribution (July 6, 2023)

June 2023

Boise Nurse Practitioner and Patient/Medical Assistant Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Opioids (June 30, 2023)

Fourth Circuit Upholds Former Tabor City Doctor’s Conviction for Operating a Pill Mill (June 26, 2023)

CVS To Pay $70,000 To Resolve Allegations That It Filled Fake Prescriptions (June 26, 2023)

Wilmington Doctor to Pay $170,000 to Resolve Allegations of Unlawful Prescribing of Opioids (June 23, 2023)

Dentist Convicted of Unlawfully Distributing Opioids That Caused Patient’s Death (June 23, 2023)

Jury Convicts Pain Clinic Doctor of Unlawful Drug Distribution, Money Laundering, and Filing a False Tax Return (June 23, 2023)

Three Chinese Chemical Manufacturing Companies and Five Employees Charged with Conspiring to Manufacture Fentanyl (June 23, 2023)

Doctor Convicted of Illegally Distributing Opioids and Other Drugs (June 23, 2023)

Catskill Pharmacy Pays $65,000 to Resolve Controlled Substances Act Allegations (June 22, 2023)

San Jose Doctor Convicted of Twelve Counts of Illegally Prescribing Opioids (June 22, 2023)

Cheshire Medical Center to Pay $2 Million to Settle Allegations of Controlled Substances Act Violations (June 22, 2023)

Former Alaska Advanced Nurse Practitioner Sentenced to 30 Years for Illegally Prescribing Millions of Opioids Causing Five Deaths (June 16, 2023)

Pocatello Nurse Practitioner is Fined and Surrenders License for Unlawful Prescriptions and Fraud (June 14, 2023)

Gloucester County Man Admits Healthcare Fraud (June 13, 2023)

May 2023

The United States and Montgomery County Based Pharmacy and Pharmacist Reach a Consent Decree Over Allegations of Illegally Dispensed Controlled Substances (May 31, 2023)

Long Island Doctor Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for Illegal Distribution of Oxycodone (May 25, 2023)

Nurse Who Stole Painkillers, Replacing Them with Saline and Putting Surgical Patients at Risk, Sentenced to Four Years (May 22, 2023)

Denton Physician Sentenced for Over-Prescribing Opioids (May 19, 2023)

Levittown, Pennsylvania Physician Agrees to Pay $100,000 to Resolve Controlled Substances Act Violations (May 18, 2023)

Wisconsin Naturopathic Practitioner Sentenced to Twelve Months' Imprisonment for Unlawful Prescribing of Controlled Substances (May 15, 2023)

Communities Across the Country Remove Nearly 664,000 Pounds of Unneeded Prescription Medications to Prevent Drug Misuse (May 15, 2023)

Former Modesto Doctor Pleads Guilty to Illegally Prescribing Opioids (May 11, 2023)

East Windsor Man Sentenced to Prison for Oxycodone Prescription Fraud Scheme (May 11, 2023)

DEA, SAMHSA Extend COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescribing Controlled Medications for Six Months While Considering Comments from the Public (May 09, 2023)

April 2023

Former Paramedic Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Stealing Medical-Grade Fentanyl (April 28, 2023)

New Jersey Doctor Admits Health Care Fraud Targeting Amtrak (April 26, 2023)

Physician and Clinic Office Manager Convicted of Unlawfully Distributing Over 600,000 Opioid Pills (April 12, 2023)

Providence Man Indicted for Selling Oxycodone to Undercover Officer (April 11, 2023)

Santa Rosa Doctor Sentenced to More than Two Years in Prison for Unlawfully Prescribing Fentanyl and Oxycodone (April 9, 2023)

March 2023

Former Health Care Worker Sentenced for Fentanyl Thefts (March 29, 2023)

Colorado Pharmacy and Pharmacist Agree to Resolve Allegations that They Unlawfully Filled Dangerous Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (March 27, 2023)

Indianapolis Pharmacy Technician Charged with Controlled Substances Violations (March 24, 2023)

Panama City Physician Pays $225,000 to Settle Allegations that He Overprescribed Controlled Substances (March 21, 2023)

Exton, Pennsylvania Lab Agrees to Pay $125,000 to Resolve Controlled Substances Act Violations (March 17, 2023)

Former Nurse Sentenced for Stealing Opioids from Kansas Hospital (March 13, 2023)

Defendants Convicted and Sentenced in Long-Term Methamphetamine and Oxycodone Drug Trafficking Investigation in Bay County (March 10, 2023)

Nurse at St. Louis County Hospital Sentenced to Four Years of Probation for Fraudulently Obtaining Fentanyl (March 09, 2023)

Greenwood Village Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty to Illegal Distribution of Controlled Substances and Financial Crimes (March 09, 2023)

Indiana Man Sentenced to 5 Years' Probation for Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Deception (March 08, 2023)

Laurence Doud, Former CEO of Pharmaceutical Distributor, Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Unlawfully Distribute Controlled Substances and Defrauding the DEA (March 08, 2023)

Pain Clinic Owners Sentenced for Unlawfully Distributing Opioids and Multimillion-Dollar Health Care Fraud (March 7, 2023)

Westmoreland County Doctor Charged with Illegal Prescribing and Fraud (March 1, 2023)

February 2023

DOJ and Lincoln Pharmacy in Tacoma Settle Allegations the Pharmacy Failed to Follow the Controlled Substances Act (February 28, 2023)

Physician Agrees to $190,731 Settlement Relating to Controlled Substances Act Claims (February 24, 2023)

Queens Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Illegally Distributing Oxycodone and Filing False Tax Returns (February 17, 2023)

Former Office Manager of New Jersey Medical Practice Admits Conspiring with Doctor to Divert Controlled Substances (February 15, 2023)

Madison Heights Pharmacist Sentenced for Diverting Over 25,000 Opioid Pills (February 9, 2023)

Missouri Doctor Admits Diluting Clinic’s Methadone (February 03, 2023)

Nine Arrested for Illegally Distributing 1.5 Million Opioid Pills (February 2, 2023)

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