The Michigan State Police (MSP) is announcing a new task force, its Diversion Investigation Unit (DIU), which investigates medical professionals suspected of illegally distributing controlled substances.
“We evolve as crime does,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “This is a very real and potentially deadly part of the opioid epidemic. Prescribing medically unnecessary controlled substances pushes highly addictive drugs on to our streets impacting public and patient safety.”
Investigations conducted by DIU have resulted in charges for two medical professionals with other cases pending statewide. They are:
In June, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2019-18 creating the Michigan Opioids Task Force, which brings together leaders from across state government. The collaborative efforts of state agencies amplifies Michigan’s efforts related to prevention and treatment of patients, education of health professionals and enforcement of over-prescribers. Efforts include:
For more information about opioids and the additional steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit michigan.gov/opioids. If you suspect prescription drug diversion by medical professionals, please contact your local MSP Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.
This project is supported by COPS AHTF award 2018HPWX0007, awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the DOJ.