Agents from the DEA raided Coast to Coast pain clinic in Deerfield Beach, Florida this morning. According to news reports, boxes of documents, supplies, and two motor vehicles were seized. While the DEA would not explain the reason for the raid, it is clear to me that this clinic must be the most recent target in the DEA’s effort to deal with the pain clinic crisis in Florida.
So far, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.
As I have mentioned numerous times on this blog, pain pill clinics are nothing short of an epidemic in our community. They have enslaved thousands and thousands of people with Oxycontin and other narcotic pain medications. Not only are countless people converting into drug addicts, but they enter the cycle of addiction that invariably lands them in jail and even prison.
It is not uncommon for people addicted to pain pills to get arrested for drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute, or simple possession.
With little information about this raid provided by the DEA, there isn’t much to discuss here, although I am sure there is much more to come. Given the raging epidemic in drug addiction that these pain clinics have caused in Florida, they have made themselves one of law enforcement’s top targets. There is no doubt in my mind, that both Federal and State officials are taking the time to scrutinize each and every pain clinic in the state.
If these pain clinics were smart, they would make sure that their operations were perfectly legitimate and done according to the strictest letter of the law. Given the high profile nature of this epidemic, pain clinic prosecutions have been labeled a matter of great public importance by law enforcement.
Since they are blinking brightly on law enforcement’s radar, these pain clinics must shape themselves up and operate according to law or else they place themselves in danger of prosecution.
Given the great cost the pain pill epidemic has placed on our community, I am happy to see that law enforcement is finally doing something about the problem. Hopefully their actions will not be overzealous and will be limited to those pain clinics that fail to operate according to law or who offer illegitimate pain management services.
This is one to pay attention to. I expect to report more as the case develops…