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Doctor and staff arrested on prescription drug offenses

When there are reports of an arrest on drug offenses in Florida, there is a perception that it automatically linked to illegal drugs. It might be a person who is using the drugs and is caught possessing an amount that is clearly for individual use. Or it might be a person who is dealing or distributing street drugs. However, there are also times when arrests are made for violations related to prescription drugs. This is not limited to users. Doctors and pharmacists can be charged. When there is an arrest on drug crimes related to prescription drugs, they too need to make certain they have a strong legal defense.

The alleged overprescribing of medication led to the arrest of a Florida doctor and three members of his staff. The doctor was arrested by Drug Enforcement agents for the overprescribing the painkiller oxycodone. He and three others are accused of prescribing more than 400,000 pills with a value of approximately $10 million.

The representative for the DEA says that the doctor and his office took advantage of the ability to prescribe these drugs and make substantial profit. Boxes were removed from the office by investigators. Drugs are a major problem in the Florida area as four or five people, on average, die due to an overdose every day. The doctor has surrendered his medical license and DEA registration after the arrest.

Drug offenses can happen to a variety of people from various backgrounds. They can range from low-level possession to trafficking. It can affect professional people who have the power to prescribe legal medications. Regardless of the charges, those who are arrested need to lodge a strong defense. It is possible that law enforcement was overzealous in its investigation. For a doctor, it is not only a matter of the charges, but his or her professional life being compromised. With everything factored in, it is vital to have a legal defense with help from a defense attorney.

Source: Miami.cbslocal.com, "Exclusive: DEA Busts Doc & Staffers For Overprescribing Pain Pills," Carey Codd, June 16, 2017

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