The DEA targets doctors to make up for their own past failures

How the DEA is fighting battles it knows it can win:

“If the battles you’re fighting are being lost, then, to win the war, find battles that you can win,” says David Brushwood, a professor of pharmacy health care administration at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a critic of government narcotics policy. “Doctors are more conspicuous and easier to find than drug dealers, and, besides, they don’t have guns and they don’t shoot back.”


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