Thursday, July 24, 2014

Attorney General Greg Zoeller Partners With Colts To Combat Prescription Drug Fraud

The punch line of the press conference conducted by Attorney General Greg Zoeller this week was the absence of Jimmy "The Pill Popper" Irsay when he announced that his office is partnering with the Indianapolis Colts to combat prescription drug abuse.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force have teamed up with the Indianapolis Colts to heighten awareness of Indiana’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. 
According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), more than 1,000 Hoosiers died from drug overdoses in 2012, compared to fewer than 500 in 2003.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that Indiana is currently listed as one of the top 10 states for prescribing narcotics and Indiana is 17th in the United States in the drug overdose mortality rate.  More people in the U.S. abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“Statistics show that the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is not limited to a specific age group, gender, or economic class,” Zoeller said.  “Teaming up with the Colts and their professional athletes will allow us to focus public attention on this epidemic and the need to help those held in the grasp of pain and addiction.  My hope is that, with the support of the Colts we can save many lives from this growing problem.” 
The sponsorship of the 2014-2015 Colts season provides a unique opportunity to reach a diverse audience across the state and a chance for youth to hear the message from athletes and a sports team they look up to.
"We're pleased to announce our partnership with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. Working together, we hope to make a positive impact in Indiana by focusing attention on the grave issues surrounding prescription drug abuse," said Pete Ward, Chief Operating Officer of the Indianapolis Colts.  
The Indiana Prescription Drug Task Force will have a presence during Colts home games, at Colts special events, and during Colts radio and TV programming. 
The Task Force - made up of more than 80 members including state legislators, law enforcement, professionals in the medical community, health officials, pharmacists, state and local agencies and education providers - was launched by Zoeller in 2012. The goal of the task force is to significantly reduce the abuse of controlled prescription drugs and to decrease the number of deaths associated with these drugs in Indiana.
I take it from this announcement that Zoeller's office won't be a part of any multi-agency investigation to determine how Irsay has been able to gain access to prescription pain killers to fuel his long-running addiction.

UPDATE: Hat tip to the commenter who recalled President Richard Nixon enlisting the assistance of Elvis Presley in his war on drugs. Presley, of course, was abusing prescription drugs at the time, which would later lead to his tragic death.
Elvis Presley's letter led to one of the most bizarre encounters ever to take place in the White House, an unlikely meeting of counter-culture icon and Right-wing bogeyman
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Anonymous said...

Indiana needs to distance The State from Jim Irsay & his drug abuse that has been publicized so well.

How's he doing in that civil suit with his live-in over custody of her children due to his abuse?

Anonymous said...

I couldn't help it. The moment I opened your blog page and read the headline I broke out into hard, loud laughter. The usual irony of Mr. Irsay's doping antics and the usual idiocy of Greg Zoeller in general... both are sad jokes.

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Has this page been overtaken by The Onion?

Swear to god, this has to be a joke.

A crime ignored is a crime encouraged.

Flogger said...

History sometimes comes close to repeating it self. There is a famous photo of Nixon Meeting Elvis in the White House in December 1970. Elvis in a hand written letter to Nixon expressed his concern over "the Drug Culture, the Hippie Elements, Black Panthers, etc,"

I figured from the day of Irsay's arrest there would be desperate attempt to "rehab" Irsay's and the Colt's image. The press and elected officials would try to find away out of this potential nightmare by portraying Irsay as the victim and the Colt's organization as innocent bystanders.

This is nothing but a Public Relations stunt. Will the Colt's organization agree to not provide legal prescription pain killers to their players????

Anonymous said...

What's the next lesson in absurdity?

-Will the Attorney General partner with Shamus Patton to combat mass shootings?

Anonymous said...

For this to be a teachable moment wouldn’t Irsay himself need to stand out front. Without Irsay its just public relations. Zoeller is a buffoon, and I don’t throw around insulting labels casually. If he really wants to use the Colts to further his message he should call out Irsay’s behaviors and announce a criminal probe of the entire debacle. This is just one more bad idea from the desk of Greg Zoeller. And the Colts seem to be sending a mixed message. Perhaps Irsay doesn’t realize that forces within his camp are actually endangering rather than enabling his drug supply. My personal opinion is that “the Colts” are in no position to lecture us about prescription drug abuse. And after Zoellers many failures, not the least of which is his personal sadness over his inability to stop gay marriage, I really couldn’t care less what causes he chooses to support. His opinions are tainted. His office is toxic. Having Zoeller on your team is a prescription for failure. Bold, forward thinking Attorneys General exist, like the many this year who refused to enforce their States’ unconstitutional bans. But Zoeller isn’t one of them, and at least half the people in this State support his ouster. I’ll go one step farther. Drop dead Zoeller.

Anonymous said...

The DEA called out Zoeller...whom is also being watched...Not the locals...for a probe..Ponder it all..