The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s chief medical officer has been accused of attempting to procure fentanyl lollipops prior to a helicopter trip to the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Knewz.com has learned that Dr. Alexander Eastman has also been accused of a medical coverup, an inappropriate use of contractors, and gross misuse of funds, according to a report by the Government Accountability Project.
The fentanyl incident occurred in September 2023, when Eastman “spent copious hours of his and Office of the Chief Medical Officer staff time directing the OCMO staff to urgently help him procure fentanyl lollipops” that he wanted to bring on the helicopter trip to attend the UN meeting.
Eastman claimed the lollipops were required in case a CBP officer was injured during the trip or if a CBP Air and Marine Operations team member encountered someone in need.
The urgency of the request to procure the highly-regulated drug raised eyebrows within the CBP, and senior leadership from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) emailed concerns about the attempts to acquire Fentanyl on September 5, 2023.
Fentanyl lollipops refer to the prescribed version of the medication that is delivered via specific dosages. They are typically used to treat cancer patients to relieve pain.
Eastman has previously been investigated for improper behavior when procuring and storing highly regulated narcotics.
Additionally, Eastman is accused of trying to self-authorize a change in procurement policy in an attempt to acquire the drugs.
When staff noted that there was not a clear policy for handling Schedule II narcotics, Eastman attempted to create and sign one himself. It originally omitted language for storing and disposing of the drugs.
“Dr. Eastman then removed [the storage and disposal] language, signed the policy himself, and failed to send the policy to senior CBP leadership for review and approval, despite warnings from OCMO senior staff that authorizing such policy without higher approval could be illegal,” the report said.
As for the medical coverup, Eastman is accused of minimizing the severity and failing to report a severe burn on a 15-year-old unaccompanied child who had just crossed the border.
Eastman initially diagnosed the child with a 4-5 cm “painless” burn and was prescribed topical cream. When she was transferred to a medical facility, workers there immediately identified that the burn was far more serious and transferred the girl to an emergency room in Phoenix, Arizona. She would eventually require skin grafts to treat the burn.
When staff questioned why the diagnoses were so divergent, Eastman, who trained at a premier burn center, wrote in an email response, “You know where I trained and worked right?? This would be like me trying to teach you about managing hypertension! ”
Eastman is also accused of sexually harassing women CBP officers by frequently speaking lewdly in their presence and creating a hostile work environment.
“His sexually suggestive language in such a context effectively communicates to staff that he can say anything with impunity through these shocking and inappropriate comments,” the report wrote.
Eastman is also accused of mocking physicians who disagreed with his assessment of situations and threatening them with demotion for disagreement.
He also reportedly misspent taxpayer money by either overcharging or claiming bills only tangentially related to work. He is also under fire for hiring underqualified contractors via Deloitte.
“CBP takes all allegations of misconduct seriously,” a CBP spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News Friday, February 16. “This matter has been referred to the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for review. Consistent with our commitment to transparency and accountability, we will provide updates as they are available.”
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