Society, Treatment

Docs the Target in New War on Drugs?

Is the DEA going after doctors who prescribe painkillers because the war on street drugs hasn’t proven successful? A New York Times columnist makes this connection in Handcuffs and Stethescopes.

“As quarry for D.E.A. agents, doctors offered several advantages over crack dealers. They were not armed. They were listed in the phone book. They kept office hours and records of their transactions. And unlike the typical crack dealer living with his mother, they had valuable assets that could be seized and shared by the federal, state and local agencies fighting the drug war.”