Physicians are Being Prosecuted for Underprescribing and Overprescribing Patients with Pain Medication

Recently, the federal government has been prosecuting various physicians for prescribing individuals with the following controlled substances in order to treat pain:

  • Oxycontin
  • Codeine
  • Tramadol
  • Methadone
  • Norco

Sources state that there is a relatively undefined line between under-prescribing patients with pain medication and over-prescribing patients with pain medication. Both of these situations can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits if patients suffer extreme discomfort. As a result, the line between legitimate pain management and criminal wrongdoing is razor thin and often open for subject interpretation.

A Case from the Past

One Virginia doctor focused the majority of his medical work treating patients suffering from severe pain. His approach to help persons overcome pain involved the use of the following medications: hydromorphone, oxycodone, and methadone. Sources state that many of his patients were prescribed extremely high doses of these opioid medications to control pain. The physician was originally brought to the attention of federal authorities when, in 2002, several of the physician’s patients were arrested for selling these prescription drugs.

As a result, the doctor was convicted, by the jury, of multiple counts of trafficking narcotic pain medications. Under these counts, the doctor violated a United States Law, which states that it is against the law for any individual to intentionally or knowingly distribute, dispense, manufacture, or possess any controlled substance with the intent to distribute, dispense, or manufacture. The physician appealed and stated that the court did not properly admit evidence that was acquired in a search of his physician’s office and did not properly instruct the jury of the law. As a result, the physician’s convictions were removed and a new trial was rescheduled.

Joey Gilbert Law Can Defend Those Accused of Drug Crimes

At Joey Gilbert Law, our Reno drug crime defense lawyers understand that United States laws can be highly complicated and difficult to understand. As a result, many people, such as physicians, are accused of crimes without the knowledge of ever acting unlawfully. For this reason, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of those accused of serious crimes, which can affect the remainder of a person’s life. If you or someone you love was accused of a drug crime, get in touch with a Reno drug crime defense attorney from our firm. We can put our skills and experience on your side of the courtroom!

To speak with a Reno defense criminal defense lawyer, call Joey Gilbert Law, or fill out a free case evaluation form online. We can safeguard your future.


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