No, I Really Am from DEA

The imminent on-site inspections by DEA agents of offices of doctors prescribing buprenorphine creates a perfect opportunity for imposters posing as DEA agents to help themselves to stocks of any drugs on hand. Here's how it could work: A couple of people dressed in business attire arrive unannounced at your office and show you forged but convincing identification. They tell you or your staff that they have been sent by DEA to audit your office based opioid treatment operation and demand to see your records and your stock of Suboxone and Subutex. They will tell you that because you are out of compliance they must confiscate your supply.

According to one doctor who prescribes buprenorphine for opioid addiction, DEA agents, true to the policy of insisting on surprise visits, showed up at his office when he was out. The agents found a Halloween costume party in progress. How could he be certain they were not just wearing DEA agent costumes? If only I had the skills to draw a cartoon: Picture staff dressed as a vampire, a witch, and a mummy standing in the waiting room of a doctor's office with a sign that says "Suboxone Treatment Provided Here." They face a couple of people wearing jackets with DEA emblazoned on their backs, one of whom says, "No. I really AM a DEA agent.!"

I wonder how much it costs taxpayers for two civil servants to crash a party. Sounds to me like a good place for the President to start in his freeze on government spending.

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