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Doctor in Michigan facing prescription drug charges

A physician from Bloomfield Township, Michigan, is facing criminal charges after he allegedly provided narcotics to patients who had not received full physical evaluations. The man, age 59, is facing more than one drug charge in the matter, including two felony drug delivery counts and a single count of violating his prescription license. The man has already posted bond and ostensibly begun mounting a criminal defense in the matter, after officials scheduled his pre-trial hearing for mid-November.

Even physicians can be accused of illegally distributing substances, even though those medications may be legal to prescribe. Selling medication to patients who are simply seeking the drugs - especially narcotics - is likely to lead to criminal ramifications for such defendants. Physicians must exercise caution when attempting to treat those who may suffer from drug-seeking behaviors. In this case, the man was arrested after he allegedly sold the drugs to undercover police officers without thoroughly examining them.

The man was employed at the Healing Hands Urgent Care Center, a facility in Sylvan Lake. That office was searched, along with the man's home, and officers confiscated several electronic devices. Some documents and at least one prescription pad were also seized in connection with the searches.

Investigators allege that officers in a specialized narcotics agency pretended to be patients seeking medical care during recent months. The doctor allegedly prescribed controlled narcotics without determining whether they were medically necessary on at least three different occasions. He is employed by the urgent care clinic, which specializes in workers' compensation and occupational services, along with some lab capabilities.

This man is an esteemed professional who is board-certified as a pediatrician. In addition, he has 30 years' experience in the medical field. Authorities in the case must ensure that they have adequate evidence to convict a man who has such high social and professional standing; generally, board certification indicates that a physician is a qualified expert and ethical practitioner. A criminal defense attorney can help such defendants learn more about their courtroom rights, ensuring that they get a fair legal proceeding, no matter the circumstances.

Source: bloomfield-mi.patch.com, "Bloomfield Township doctor charged in drug sting" Art Aisner, Oct. 29, 2013

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