shmenguin wrote:somehow opiates are a-ok, but marijuana is illegal. makes a ton of sense
Shyster wrote:Sarcastic asked me to take a look at these facts and see if there’s anything criminal on the part of the doctors. I’m belatedly getting to that request.
The answer is possibly. The prescription of controlled substances like many of the drugs Boogard was taking is controlled by federal law, and there are laws dealing with appropriate levels of prescribed drugs. It’s not an area where I practice, but I do know that doctors who essentially rubber-stamp prescriptions can be charged with drug trafficking under federal law. Doctors have been charged for writing “too many” prescriptions and for writing prescriptions for too many pills at a time. Doctors who prescribe “outside the scope of professional practice” can, for example, be charged under 21 U.S.C. § 841, which covers the distribution or dispensing of controlled substances. In short, those doctors could have exposure to federal criminal charges for drug distribution. Those aren’t minor crimes, either. We’re talking about 10+ years in jail.
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