Back in Court — Pill Mill edition

A lone physician was found to have prescribed more than 500,000 doses of prescription opioids to assorted patients in little more than two years of medical practice.

      It appears that the justice system is still hard at work prosecuting doctors for illegally prescribing vast amounts of opioids. Here's an example where the physician was originally arrested, tried, and convicted some years ago, but his conviction was recently overturned on appeal:

Doctor who prescribed more than 500,000 opioid doses has conviction tossed

       This 41 year-old is currently incarcerated in Atlanta, but in a strange twist of legal fate, his attorneys were able to have the conviction tossed on technical grounds — involving a flaw in an instruction from the judge to the original jury. Now it appears he will be given a new trial.

      Things like this are a bit difficult for us lay people to understand. A lone physician was found to have prescribed more than 500,000 doses of prescription opioids to assorted patients in little more than two years of medical practice. How could that happen? Unless he was in fact running a classic pill mill...

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