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Ohio Doctor Convicted of Illegal Distribution of Prescription Painkillers


An Ohio doctor was convicted in federal court on Tuesday of illegal distribution of a controlled substance that resulted in the death of four people. Dr. Paul H. Volkman was described by federal authorities as one of the largest dispensers of oxycodone in the nation. He could face life in prison, The New York Times reports.

The article notes that a lifetime sentence for this type of crime would be the first of its kind in the state.

Dr. Volkman faces a minimum of 20 years in prison, The Cincinnati Enquirer states. He will return to U.S. District Court for sentencing later this year.

Prosecutors stated in court documents that, “Many of the prescriptions were outside the scope of medical practice or were not administered for a legitimate medical purpose. On multiple occasions, Volkman’s dosages resulted in the addiction of said patients, overdoses and death.”

2 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Amy
    Amy / May 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    My biggest issue with situations like this is that it makes other – legitmate – doctors terrified to prescribe any controlled pain medication even for those patients such as myself that need them. Since my GP went into holistic medicine about 2 years ago, I have yet to find a doctor willing to give me the medicine I need simply to function on a day-by-day basis. I have resorted to ER’s, urgent care centers, and to some extent doing what they consider “doctor shopping,” out of sheer and utter desperation!
    This not only looks bad on my PMP, but it is time consuming and extremely frustrating. At my best, I am only functioning at about 65% because of doctors who sometimes outright refuse to give me medications I NEED. This doctor and patients who consistently abuse controlled pain medications make it completely impossible for those of us who are legitimate. It’s wrong, it’s frustrating and it makes me angry and sad all at the same time. Who’s with me???

  2. Avatar of Rahmaan Wilcox
    Rahmaan Wilcox / June 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Do i have your permission to quote u in an essay?

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