Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg was picked to lead a panel of prosecutors across the country to come up with “best practices” to deal with the opioid crisis.
The panel within the National District Attorneys Association will come up with recommendations on investigating and prosecuting fraud within the industry, as well as policies for prevention and rehabilitation.
The panel’s report is due in May.
Aronberg has made drug treatment fraud a top priority in the last few years. The former state senator created a task force that came up with ideas to change state law to make it easier to crack down on fraud.
And he created another task force, made up of state and local police, to arrest corrupt operators. So far, 42 people in Palm Beach County have been arrested, including the owners of drug treatment centers and “patient brokers,” – people who are paid to send patients to them.
“Prosecutors and law enforcement have been on the front lines of this fight to save lives and protect our communities from the ravages of drug abuse, so it’s fitting that the NDAA has taken a leadership role on this issue,” Aronberg said in a statement.
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