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.

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