A hot issue has come up in a high-profile federal trial underway in Los Angeles. Ex-Sheriff big wig Paul Tanaka took the stand last week in his obstruction of justice case, and now the defense wants disgraced former Sheriff Lee Baca to testify as a hostile witness (that is, a witness […]
A local pharmacy has a sign in its window that reads, “We Do Not Stock Oxycontin.” This isn’t a reason to unfairly target legitimate doctors and pharmacists who prescribe and dispense opioids – but it’s the reason law enforcement will not let up. I asked the pharmacist why they don’t […]
Don’t Be The Next Oxy-Moron: Protect Yourself Against Painkiller-Related Coroner and Criminal Investigations
Let’s face it: These days, you don’t have to be a “doctor to the Hollywood stars” to be worried about overzealous, medically ignorant coroner’s and law enforcement investigators door-knocking your office or serving a subpoena for patient files, when a patient for whom you prescribed pain medication has died. Exhibit A? The unfortunate death of singer Whitney Houston: As soon as information emerged that small amounts of prescription drugs were found in the hotel room where Houston died, we learned that her physicians are the subject of a medical investigation by the coroner.
In a case that clearly smacks of law enforcement overreaching, LA County prosecutors recently charged a UCLA chemistry professor, and the University itself, with felony workplace safety violations resulting from the death of a UCLA student two years ago.