When you're accused of participating in illegal activities such as drug sales, it's important to make sure you have a strong defense. You have every right for your story to be heard when you're charged with federal drug charges or face the consequences of those charges. One local man will need to defend himself after he was accused of advocating the use of painkillers for his patients.
According to the news from May 7, the 61-year-old doctor had his license suspended in October 2013 after it was found that he allegedly prescribed and distributed opiates to eight of his patients between August 2011 and February 2013. One attorney claimed that this was well outside the normal distribution of the drugs, and it was believed that the situation was a drug distribution operation.
Patient "D" as one man is called, has already pleaded guilty in the case. He reportedly resold the drugs after receiving them from the doctor. Two of the man's relatives have also pleaded guilty in the scheme, according to the news. That patient had allegedly received a total of 21 prescriptions, which amounts to 7,830 doses of controlled narcotics. Those doses were all given between Dec. 7, 2012, and Feb. 25, 2013.
The doctor in this case has 136 counts against him with a penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He reported that while the accusers may not like how he practices medicine, there is no crime going on there. He believes he was targeted by the federal agencies because of how he aggressively treats chronic pain. He knowingly prescribes oxycodone and other medications for pain relief to those who can't find relief anywhere else. Unfortunately, Rite Aid has said it will no longer fill his prescriptions. He has been a physician since 1985, and he held programs on pain management up to around September 2012.
Source: The Tribune Democrat, "Doctor indicted on drug charges" Randy Griffith, May. 07, 2014