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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:29 AM

Palm Beach Post: Boca man facing new set of patient-brokering charges

DELRAY BEACH — For the third time in 16 months, a Boca Raton man has been arrested on charges of patient brokering. David Remland, 54, is accused of paying kickbacks so that urine tests at a substance-abuse treatment facility based in New Hampshire would be directed to his Delray Beach lab, according to an arrest report...


Sunday, September 2, 2018 9:51 AM

OC Register: Rehab Riviera: 3 clean-up bills defy odds and hit governor’s desk, but are they tough enough?

Most legislation aimed at cleaning up California’s dysfunctional addiction treatment industry slammed into brick walls, withered in suspense files or was watered down so much as to be unrecognizable – again...


Friday, August 24, 2018 10:00 AM

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg Launches Website to Convince Federal Policymakers to Fix the Florida Shuffle

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, August 24, 2018 - Targeting fraud and abuse in the drug treatment and sober home industries, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced today that he has launched a website, www.FixTheFloridaShuffle.com, to convince federal policymakers to change the laws that have unwittingly led to thousands of opioid-related deaths throughout the country...


Saturday, August 11, 2018 10:37 AM

Palm Beach Post: Time to get tough with China — on fentanyl - By: Dave Aronberg

As President Donald Trump’s trade war with China continues to escalate, there is a more urgent issue with China that remains overlooked: the continued illegal importation into the United States of the deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl...


Monday, July 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Florida Daily: Marco Rubio, Amy Klobuchar Want to Crack Down on Patient Brokering

Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., paired up with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to unveil a proposal cracking down on patient brokering...


Friday, July 6, 2018 3:07 PM

ABC Action News: New federal drug rehab bill inspired by Florida Shuffle

WASHINGTON D.C. — Senator Marco Rubio posted on Twitter how he hopes a bill he's sponsoring will put an end to fraud in the residential drug treatment industry...


Friday, July 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Palm Beach Post: Opioid deaths declining? New numbers offer hope, says state attorney

As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the United States, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is embracing two new local statistics as evidence that their efforts to curb the county’s crisis are working...


Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:28 PM

Miami Herald: Rubio wants to stop kickbacks that keep drug addicts perpetually in recovery

WASHINGTON - Marco Rubio is just as tired as you are of the ubiquitous commercial where a man in blue scrubs urges families beset by drug addition to call for treatment options...


Monday, July 2, 2018 10:04 AM

CNBC American Greed: Florida Rehab Gone Wild


Friday, June 29, 2018 10:06 AM

CNBC American Greed: Opioids' hidden epidemic—fraudulent drug treatment centers

Thanks to the opioid epidemic, more Americans die from overdoses every year than in car accidents, and the federal government is scrambling to try to get in front of the crisis. The House just passed and sent to the Senate a sweeping, bipartisan package of legislation backed by dozens of advocacy groups...


Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Palm Beach Post: How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic

In 2011, a national heroin epidemic was the equivalent of dry tinder, lacking only a match. Florida lit it up. Purdue Pharma and El Chapo had provided kindling: The pharma company’s unprecedented marketing campaign for its blockbuster OxyContin painkiller did not stop with pill sales. Purdue marketing helped ensure that for the first time in U.S. history, heavy doses of one of the most addictive substances known to man would be prescribed by family doctors for everything from sprained ankles to migraines...


Monday, June 18, 2018 12:00 AM

Palm Beach Post: Aronberg wins insurance fraud award for sober-homes task force 

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg received an award this month for his work tackling fraud in the sober home community across the county...


Friday, June 8, 2018 7:00 PM

The Hill: Big Pharma's avoidable role in the man-made opioid epidemic - By: Dave Aronberg

When the boss calls you into his office, it’s always a big deal. And so it was in the fall of 2001, when I was a 30-year-old assistant attorney general in the economic crime division. The boss — Attorney General Bob Butterworth — handed me a magazine article about people with sports and workplace injuries who became addicted to a new painkiller, OxyContin, manufactured by Purdue Pharma. Butterworth was concerned that Purdue Pharma was marketing OxyContin deceptively and too aggressively, leading to overprescribing, addiction and, in many cases, death...


Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Palm Beach Post: Authorities: Two more charged in drug urine-test kickback scheme

Two men connected to a Delray Beach-area lab linked to kickbacks for urine tests for people in treatment and recovery for substance abusehave been arrested, a day after three men also were charged in the scheme...


Sunday, May 20, 2018 11:00 PM

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Rehab

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Monday, May 14, 2018 12:00 AM

GOVERNING: Sober Living Homes and the Regulation They Need - By: Heather Stratman & Dave Aronberg

"Sober living homes," or "recovery residences" as they are also known, are group homes that bring together multiple unrelated individuals who are in drug recovery and pursuing sobriety. What could possibly be harmful about such places of healing, hope and support? Nothing, in the case of the many responsible residence owners who mean to help the homes' inhabitants...


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:00 AM

Opioid Watch: Prosecutor Dave Aronberg on the ‘Florida Shuffle’: Lethal Fraud in the Opioid Detox Industry

Florida is the nation’s second most popular destination for for-profit drug detox, and Palm Beach County is the state’s leader in that respect. As of April 1, it was home to 185 of Florida’s 771 licensed drug treatment facilities. As impressive as those numbers are, each total has shrunk markedly from just eight months ago, when the county had 207 of the state’s 953 facilities. The sudden downsizing reflects, at least in part, the shutdown and flight of bad actors in the face of a crackdown on fraud by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office, which has made 45 industry arrests in the last year and a half, obtaining 16 convictions so far...


Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Behavioral Healthcare Executive: New Google policy aims for slow rollout

After a temporary hiatus, Google has reopened the sale of AdWords in the addiction treatment market under a new policy. The policy requires a 12-measure certification process for advertisers, and some of the finer details will emerge as the standards are put into everyday practice...


Monday, April 16, 2018 12:03 PM

Reuters: Google unveils vetting process for drug rehab ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google told Reuters Monday it would resume accepting ads from U.S. addiction treatment centers in July, nearly a year after the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit suspended the lucrative category of advertisers for numerous deceptive and misleading ads...


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:49 PM

WPBF: State Attorney Aronberg talks opioids

State Attorney Dave Aronberg says there are now 14 opioid related deaths a day in Florida today. He says that's reason enough to stand beside the county in its legal battle against a slew of pharmaceutical companies with opioid addiction holding strong, Palm Beach County filed a lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies, alleging they prioritize profits over people's lives...


Tuesday, March 27, 2018 5:00 AM

OC Register: Florida prosecutor Dave Aronberg sees parallels in rogue rehabs in Florida and Southern California

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas recently created a task force to handle abuses in the anti-addiction industry in the “Rehab Riviera.” Rackauckas is hoping to repeat the success of Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who created a similar task force two years ago. Since then, Palm Beach officials have made 44 rehab-industry related arrests...


Monday, March 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Voice of OC: Fix Federal Law to Promote Drug Recovery Over Relapse - By: Dave Aronberg

As our country faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic that takes at least 115 lives each day, you may have noticed a new neighbor on your block. Without fanfare or neighborhood notification, the house next door may now be a “sober home” or “recovery residence,” where multiple unrelated individuals in drug recovery live together in pursuit of sobriety. There is no medical treatment inside these residences. They are just a communal living space where residents usually attend outpatient rehab at a nearby facility. The best of these homes are the ones you never even notice are amongst you. The worst degenerate into flophouses, where unscrupulous landlords exploit people with substance use disorder for money or sex, and encourage relapse over recovery...


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Association Spearheads Sober Living Reform Efforts, Invites National Advocate, Florida State Attorney, Dave Aronberg to Meet with Orange County Leader

ORANGE, CA (MARCH 14, 2018) – The Association of California Cities– Orange County (ACC-OC)— the region’s leading public policy, strategy, education and advocacy group— announces a collaborative engagement visit with Florida State Attorney, Dave Aronberg on the complex issue of sober living reform. On March 20, 2018; Aronberg, a prominent national voice on sober living issues will visit Orange County to meet with officials and local leaders. Aronberg will participate in a roundtable discussion during his visit, addressing stakeholder concerns and answering questions on the necessity of sober living reform...


Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Palm Beach Post: FAU researchers, law enforcement collaborate to tackle opioid crisis

The deadliest drug crisis in American history won’t be solved by just researchers, law enforcement or recovery treatment providers. But put them all in the same room to brainstorm, as Florida Atlantic University did Wednesday, and the result is steps toward a multi-pronged approach to tackle addiction...


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:37 PM

WPTV: State Attorney shares impact of Task Force

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - This is the Ambrosia Treatment Center on Singer Island. Jerry Haffey with the treatment center said, "I hate seeing kids dying in closets because of scum bag providers." He's clearly passionate about helping people beat substance abuse. But Haffey knows treatment centers around here have a bad reputation. That's why he joined forces with State Attorney Dave Aronberg to lobby for money to fund the Sober Homes Task Force...


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM

Tampa Bay Time: Palm Beach County State Attorney to lead prosecutors on opioid report

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...


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM

State Attorney Dave Aronberg to Lead National Prosecutor Initiative on Opioid Abuse


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:41 PM

WPTV: Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg testifies on opioid crisis

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg is testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., regarding the opioid crisis. Aronberg told NewsChannel 5 the federal government needs to do its fair share, noting that corrupt individuals continue to exploit well-intended federal laws to prey upon opioid addicts...


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:39 PM

Palm Beach Post: State Attorney Dave Aronberg testifies before House panel on opioids

WASHINGTON — The congressional representatives sitting on the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wanted to hear about patient brokering and sober home fraud. Tuesday morning, they got an earful from Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and his chief assistant, Al Johnson...


Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Dave Aronberg to Testify Before Congressional Committee on the Opioid Epidemic


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:00 AM

TIME: Opportunists Are Exploiting the ACA to Prey on Opioid Addicts - By: Dave Aronberg

As so often happens, a frantic mother called us about her 19-year-old daughter, who I’ll call Jen. A heroin addict, Jen had been shuttled between multiple treatment centers and sober homes by greedy marketers looking to cash in on the teenager’s insurance benefits by keeping her perpetually in recovery, but never sober. As our investigator searched Palm Beach County for Jen, her mother finally reached her by phone. She pleaded with her daughter to leave Florida, to which Jen replied, “Why would I come home? I have all I need here.” In the ensuing months, Jen has become a victim of a vicious cycle known as “the Florida shuffle.” She has continued in and out of treatment, repeatedly relapsed and overdosed, been on the brink of death, was revived and all the while trafficked by marketers offering free rent and other gifts — as she ignores her mother’s desperate pleas to come home...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Progress in Cleaning up the Drug Rehab Industry

In July 2016, our office established a task force into abuses in the drug treatment industry, including “sober homes.” Sober homes are group residences designed to help recovering drug and alcohol addicts, including those attending outpatient treatment programs, transition back into the community. Unlike drug treatment centers, sober homes are unregulated, which is why they are proliferating throughout our residential neighborhoods. Because there is no regulation or oversight, there is no accurate count of how many exist. Government officials who seek to regulate sober homes through local ordinances or zoning laws have been thwarted by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA)...


Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:25 AM

NPR: Beach Town Tries To Reverse Runaway Growth Of 'Sober Homes'

Delray Beach's charming downtown, palm trees and waves attract locals, vacationers and, increasingly, drug users who come here to try to get off opioids. In some parts of the small Florida community, there's a residential program for people recovering from addiction — a sober living house or "sober home" — on nearly every block. Sometimes two or three...


Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:00 AM

WLRN: Crackdown On South Florida Addiction Treatment Fraud Has Unintended Consequences, Officials Say

Law enforcement has been cracking down on corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry. State and federal officials have arrested more than 30 people for running scams in rehab centers or sober homes in the past year...


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 12:00 AM

WLRN: Opioid Crisis: Lawmakers Look For Solutions In Palm Beach County

State legislators came to Palm Beach County Tuesday to discuss the opioid crisis. County officials, first responders, treatment professionals and advocates offered up stories from the front lines and ideas for reducing overdoses and deaths...


Friday, August 4, 2017 12:00 AM

WPBF: Discussing the opioid crisis with Palm Beach County State Attorney


Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:46 PM

NBC News: Florida’s Billion-Dollar Drug Treatment Industry Is Plagued by Overdoses, Fraud

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Florida — For the first responders who found her lifeless body one October morning, 24-year-old Alison Flory was yet another casualty of addiction here on the front line of Florida's opioid crisis...


Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:00 AM

NBC News - Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly: The Florida Shuffle: The Sometimes Dirty Business of Rehab

 

 


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