The Addiction Recovery sector in South Florida has become an incomprehensible problem. And in order to understand the problem we have to understand its origin. For time’s sake, we will skip through the first known cultivation of opium poppies in Mesopotamia, which was approximately 3400 BCE, by Sumerians, who called the plant hul gil, the “joy plant”. We will also skip past the Opiate War between Great Britain and China which happened around 1838. So we will get to what has taken place in the last two decades. In the last two decades scientists found that Heroin substitutes that were used not be as addictive as Morphine (which is the base of Heroin) were quickly and easily passed through the FDA. The big Pharma companies also realized that pain killers such as Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycodone were “top sellers.” The reason why they were top sellers was because the average client could build a dependency on these drugs with a 2-3 day time frame of using these substances. This not only increase the 52 week high for the Pharma companies on the Stock exchanges but it created several sub economies that relied upon the sell and distribution of the drugs.
Here are the subsystems to the Opiate Industry:
- The Manufacturing Industry
- The Medical Prescription Industry
- The Behavioral Health Insurance Industry
- The Treatment Industry for getting people of Heroin/ Opiates
- Law Enforcement
Each of these subsystems is a Billion dollar Industry, that has become a infamously crucial sector in our economy. The Manufacturing Companies rake in Billions of “death dollars” by flooding our economy with this poison. The profits made off of opiates dwarf size any other pill that is manufactured. They make so much money that the Doctors that Prescribe these medications are given incentives to prescribe opiates to client. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services currently makes incentive payments to hospitals based partially on how well they do on patient satisfaction surveys. These surveys ask patients how they feel their pain was controlled and whether providers did everything they could to help with pain. Also private practices are paid funds for prescriptions of the drugs through Prescription bonuses. It is not uncommon for the doctors to make payments to Treatment Center owners that they service for the amount of opiate prescriptions that they give to the treatment center patients.
Medical Prescription Industry
The laws strictly forbid this sort of activity. However, this is an epidemic that generates millions of dollars in illicit revenue weekly. The funds generated from this activity are easily accumulated by Treatment Centers that have as little as 20 patients on their roster. With a roster of 20 people a doctor will offer as much as 200 dollars per patient prescription to the Treatment Center or Halfway House owner; per week. That is 16,000 a month and more than 180,000.00 a year- just for taking the client in to that one specific doctor. The doctors make 10 times this amount. The is the Medical Prescription Industry.
The Behavioral Healthcare Insurance Industry
Insurance Companies offer Behavioral Health Care benefits to clients. However, most Insurance companies “take a bath” on providing coverage to people who have Behavioral Health Problems because if the insurance companies have to pay upwards of 20,000 to 60,000 per month in benefits to Treatment Providers and labs on clients who only pay 300.00 a month for health insurance, you can rest assured that your deductible for auto and home insurance will continue to sky rocket. The insurance companies have to make up for the money from somewhere. There are entire divisions that have been created to support the Behavioral Health sector in these large insurance companies and you can rest assured that there are absolutely NO INSURANCE COMPANIES PROFITING from Behavioral health claims. Each insurance company that has a Behavioral Health division is operating at a net loss annually. So most insurance companies are lobbying to do away in part with the requirement to provide these services to clients.
The Treatment Center Industry
There are more treatment Center in Florida than there are McDonalds and Walmarts combined. In certain sections of South Florida, there are Treatment Centers that are right next to each other. And the Treatment Center regulatory body is not equipped to handle the 2,000 new application they receive every week. Besides this, there is not any real ongoing monitoring of these centers and their business practices. SO you may say, “where did all of these treatment centers and their owners come from?” The answer is very simple, they came from the Pain clinics either directly or indirectly. The direct impact on the Pain clinics from the law enforcement attempts to close them down did two things: 1. It forced the criminals running these places to go out of business and to “regroup” under the guise of “rehabilitating the same clients that they prescribed opiates to 3 years earlier. 2. The other costly measure was that since the Pain Clinics were being shut down left and right, people could not go “up to the corner” to get Oxycodone. The “would be” addicts that either accepted that they had a problem with opiates and even the ones that did not had to face one hard reality, their pipeline of opiates was in a choke hold and with this market demand and not any “legal supplier” in sight, Heroin came back into style, instantaneously.
The Law Enforcement Industry
And since Law Enforcement is charged with ensuring that our society is functioning with legitimacy and a moral compass, they have to go and arrest all of the people involved in the Illicit Opiate activity….from the Top down. This means the Doctors, treatment center owners and operators, the toxicology labs that give kickbacks to the treatment center owners and even some of the patients themselves that commit insurance fraud and broker patients all have to be investigated, arrested and sentenced. These processes cost the State millions, but they also permit budget increases for these departments. This situation also creates new jobs in law enforcement. This whole debacle generates money on all levels.
Fallcatcher is the Solution
However, all of this comes with budgetary problems on all levels because not one has created a systematic way of calculating, where the problems are. Fallcatcher calculates, the amount of prescriptions granted to any one person, whether they get prescribed the opiates from the Podiatrist, The Dentist or a Drug Recovery entity. Fallcatcher tracks patient migratory patterns of the patients. Fallcatcher also tracks the doctors attendance at the treatment center and sends alerts to the Insurance Companies and the State DCF (Department of Children and Families). This information enables us as a community of citizens the ability to create the logistical data to make and enforce legislation that will curtail the epidemic.
Our system is smart enough to crush the fraud in the opiate industry, much like what Redbox did to Blockbuster.