Doctors and pharmacists in Florida could find themselves in need of a Clearwater Criminal Lawyer for failing to check the database of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program allowing addicts of pain killers such as oxycontin or xanax to receive multiple prescriptions. The law was meant to save lives by placing a database of pain killer prescriptions which doctors and pharmacists would use to determine if someone was abusing pain killers with multiple prescriptions from different doctors.
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According to press reports many Doctors aren’t taking the problem seriously as only one in twelve doctors who prescribe pain medication have signed into the database, despite over 10,000 Florida deaths from pain prescription drug overdoses over a six year period.
For those Doctors who run pain clinics or prescribe highly addictive pain killers on a regular basis here’s a bit of unsolicited advice from a Clearwater Criminal Defense Lawyer and former Pinellas Drug Prosecutor familiar with drug prosecutions in Florida.
First you might want to remember the criminal case against Doctor Bob, a pain doctor who was given a twenty year sentence in Federal Court for writing prescriptions for oxycondin, vicodin and other drugs which led to the death of five addicted patients; although the Federal Appeals Court has granted an appeal his life is still ruined. Any Pain Doctor’s failure to use the Monitoring Program’s database will be an effective piece of evidence against that doctor if ever charged with Unlawful Dispensing of Controlled Substances or Conspiracy to Traffic in Drugs, because it takes away a possible defense of having no idea a patient had other pain prescriptions. So sign up, save a patient’s life while saving yourself a ten year minimum mandatory drug sentence while your at it.
Four international pharmaceutical companies are developing drugs that will for the first time make the most addictive ingredient in the drug hydrocodone available in a pure form, making the risk of addiction to Tampa & Pinellas Floridians that much greater, according to a recent article in the British press, which also states that the companies plan to make a pain killer called Zohydro which will be ten times stronger than vicodin. Will there now be ten times more arrests in Clearwater, St. Petersburg & Tampa that a Pinellas Drug Attorney will need to clean up in the arbitrary hope that law enforcement doesn’t destroy more lives than the drugs?
Here’s an excerpt from the British News Article:
Between 2003 and 2007 in the state of Florida alone, hydrocodone caused 910 deaths and contributed to 1,803 others…….Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing told CBS: ‘You’ve got a person on your product for life, and a doctor’s got a patient who’s never going to miss an appointment, because if they did and they didn’t get their prescription, they would feel very sick…it’s a terrific business model…”Pinellas County has an effective drug court discussed in earlier blog entries with other solutions or decriminalization. The Courts are already overwhelmed with Defendants who are addicted because of misuse and abuse of the drugs being shoveled in their direction by the pharmeceutical companies.
Haven’t the drugs already available to Floridians destroyed enough lives? The companies insist that the patients can be monitored more closely in the future to avoid drug addiction. How? Look at the recent efforts by Floridian law enforcement to clamp down on prescription fraud and Pinellas Pain Doctors who give inappropriate prescriptions even at current lower levels of drug effectiveness.
Ever harsher drug laws are not the answer. Nor is it the answer for companies to knowingly make these drugs ever more addictive and available. The only priority of the pharmaceutical companies is to make more money.
A painting of a number of pleasantly satisfied Pharmaceutical Reps at a Tampa Bay Conference.
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