More doctors are facing criminal charges for alleged prescription drug abuse. While the Michael Jackson case is perhaps the most public, doctors are facing criminal scrutiny concerning how and what they prescribe their patients. Prior to the Jackson case, doctors may have been subject to civil lawsuits for prescription drug errors or rarely, the drugs they prescribed. Now, that seems to be changing.
According to Reuters, “Fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers more than tripled to 13,800 in the United States in 1999 through 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consequently, more doctors are finding themselves in the sights of prosecutors as states like Florida and Georgia confront the growth in abuse of prescription drugs. The prosecution of doctors is seen as more effective than bringing cases against their patients.”
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