Boozman Statement on Arrest of Texarkana Doctor Accused of Over-Prescribing Opiates and Other Controlled Substances

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement regarding the announcement by U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Dak Kees that a doctor in Texarkana has been indicted and arrested on federal charges:

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in Arkansas, especially the opioid crisis which has been widespread and destructive. While Congress has responded with a variety of solutions ranging from prevention to treatment, I have long believed that enforcement and accountability among prescribers is also necessary to stem the tide.

The work of Dak Kees and federal partners at the DEA, FBI, HHS and local agencies to identify and now act to hold over-prescribers responsible sends a clear message as to their intention to crack down on this behavior in order to end the plague of opioid addiction in Arkansas. I congratulate Dak and each of the government agencies involved in this arrest and commend their work to ensure these drugs do not continue to flood our communities and state without consequence.”