July TBJ Looks at Increase in Prosecution of Health Care Professionals - Articles

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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jul 17, 2019

Columnist Wade Davies writes in the July Tennessee Bar Journal about the large number of health care providers being prosecuted in Tennessee and neighboring states for drug crimes. "The United States Department of Justice is acting on its belief that doctors and other health care providers are contributing to the opioid crisis," he writes. "I have a healthy skepticism when the government calls something an epidemic. But it is hard to argue with the numbers." If your practice touches on this, you will want to read this column. Davies points out that "Those who are already addicted to opiates will not be cured by the prosecution of doctors." But also that "Those of us who prosecute and defend criminal cases should familiarize ourselves with the new treatment options, including new forms of medication assisted treatment, which both the Tennessee and federal governments are promoting."