Monterey County District Attorney’s office investigate several cases of prescription opioid fraud


STORY REPORTER: THAT'S RIGHT, AND I SPOKE WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE TONIGHT AND THEY WOULDN'T TELL ME SPECIFICALLY HOW MANY CASES THEY ARE LOOKING INTO, BUT THEY DID CONFIRM WITH ME THAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING AND PROSECUTING SEVERAL CASES OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG FRAUD ACROSS THE COUNTY

AS A PHYSICIAN IN MONTEREY COUNTY, SHE SAYS SHE WAS SHOCKED >> I HAD PRESCRIPTIONS WRITTEN THAT I WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE PATIENTS WHO RECEIVED THEM REPORTER: AFTER PLACING A CALL OH TO THE PHARMACIES WHERE THOSE SCRIPTS WERE FILLED, SHE DISCOVERED DOZENS OF PRESCRIPTIONS HAD BEEN FORGED USING HER NAME >> THIS LED US TO REPORTING IT TO SEVERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AND BY HAVING ALL OF THESE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM TONIGHT I THINK WE'RE FINALLY GOING TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM REPORTER: THE PROBLEM, OPIOID ADDICTION, WITH DR

LEE'S STORY SHOWING JUST ONE WAY THE EPIDEMIC HAS A HOLD ON THE COUNTRY >> AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM WITH OPIOIDS AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO IMPROVE IT REPORT THURSDAY HE LED THE FIRST EVER MONTEREY COUNTY PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND DIVERSION SUMMIT A DISCUSSION OF 17 DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS MADE UP OF DOCTORS, PHARMACISTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ALL COLLABORATING ON HOW TO TACKLE THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC ON ALL FRONTS

>> WE WANT TO PUT EVERYBODY IN THE SAME ROOM, AND GET A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THIS >> I HAVE A LOT MORE CONFIDENCE TONIGHT AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET SOMEWHERE ON THIS INVESTIGATION, AND HOPEFULLY HAVE A WAY OF KIND OF NIPPING IT IN THE BUD ON ANY FURTHER FRAUDULENT USE REPORTER: WHEN IT COMES TO OVERALL MEDICAL FRAUD CASES, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE TOLD ME THAT THEY ARE LOOKING INTO IT AT THE MOMENT AT LEAST A DOZEN BACK TO YOU ERIN: THANK YOU

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