Recently a former New Jersey pediatrician was arrested for illegally prescribing pain medications. Over the past three years the doctor has practiced medicine as a ‘retired-paid’ physician at a pain clinic in West Palm Beach. He is alleged to be involved in a ‘pill mill’ operation which freely dispenses painkillers, such as oxycodone, on demand. Now facing a first-degree murder charge, it is very likely that this physician may require the services of criminal defense counsel.
At the age of 77, the doctor now finds himself in deep trouble with the law. He faces a murder charge because he is alleged to have overprescribed oxycodone to a 24-year-old man who died from an overdose in 2009.
The doctor is one out of 32 persons arrested on criminal charges, having been identified as a person of interest by ‘Operation Prescription for Death’. The operation is a multiagency attempt at controlling prescription drug racketeering in Florida and other jurisdictions.
The doctor has been accused of prescribing a total of over 300,000 oxycodone pills over a 12 month period. In light of this number, it is possible that he may face further criminal charges.
Having laid charges, the state attorney seems to be rushing to judgment claiming that the physician “murdered” the young man. It remains to be seen what the underlying situation was behind the young man’s tragic death. Nevertheless, whether it is here in New Jersey, Florida or anywhere in America, our legal system ensures that an accused party gets a fair trial and is permitted to mount a defense to the fullest.
Source: The Asbury Park Press, “NJ child doctor charged with murder by drugs,” Andrea Clurfeld, Sept. 8, 2011