|Van Gogh, The Sower, 1888|
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.