A West Hollywood doctor is being accused of running a “pill mill”. The doctor is said to have averaged about 15 prescriptions per day, writing them for drugs commonly used by addicts. The doctor is now facing federal charges, as is his office manager.
According to the L.A. Times, the feds were alerted to the psychiatrist’s practices when the police found someone selling Adderall on Craigslist. This dealer stated that the doctor had prescribed them and that he had written numerous prescriptions without seeing the “patient”.
Apparently, the drugs of choice for those receiving the good doctor’s prescriptions included Adderall, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone, all highly potent and regularly seen in the illegal drug trade.
The office manager, also facing charges, is suspected of telling the doctor who needed a prescription and even filling them out for the doctor to sign. Both men were said to have played active roles in the operation according to a 100 page complaint including information from patients and undercover police.
While these two are facing federal charges, drug charges involving prescription drugs at the state level are on the rise as well. As a matter of fact, prescription drug abuse is at an all time high across the country.
There are many reasons that prescription drugs are a popular choice and much of it has to do with the ease at which they can be found. In addition, despite the growing stigma, those people who have problems with prescription drugs don’t always consider themselves “drug addicts.”
When facing charges like possession of a controlled substance or possession with intent to deliver, the penalties are a quick wake up call to those who have been misleading themselves about the seriousness of prescription drug abuse.
Whether you are caught with valium or oxycodone, you could be facing months and even years behind bars. Luckily, if this is your first offense there are options available to you.
If you are facing charges involving prescription drugs, contact our attorneys immediately. We can give you some valuable and helpful advice and tell you what legal defense options you might have.