Some medical professionals operate 'no different than drug dealers' says Ohio U.S. attorney

US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Ken Parker stands at the podium, with members of federal agencies involved looking on, as he announces the latest round-up of medical professionals who allegedly unlawfully distributed opioids. [Ann Thompson / WVXU]

The U.S. Justice Department is making good on a promise from its Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) strike force to continually seek out and prosecute people illegally distributing opioids.

“We said this would not be a one-and-done spectacle,” says U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Ken Parker, referring to the establishment of ARPO in 2019 and its big announcement then of the illegal distribution of 23 million pills.