23 December 2005

A Cautionary Tale for the Holidays

Pennsylvania doctor accused in OxyContin ring

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. - An emergency room doctor was the central figure in a large OxyContin ring, writing hundreds of fraudulent prescriptions and charging up to $2,000 for each one, authorities said Thursday. [...]

Authorities were tipped to the ring after nurses at Aliquippa Community Hospital got suspicious when patients would come to the emergency room asking for treatment, but would leave if Dr. Alan Egleston wasn't working, the indictment says.

At our ED, we have a serious drug-seeking problem, with Oxys being the current drug of choice. We have some docs who are well known as "candymen" and some who are onsidered "Hardliners." I am definitely among the latter group. Many of the frequent flyers will come and leave if a doc they recognize as a hardliner is working. I've not before heard of an ER doc who aided and abetted the seekers. It's kind of bizarre, really. There's a tension between drug-seekers and ER docs such that it's almost like a betrayal, like he's gone over to the enemy. But it's even more bizarre that a doctor, who spent years training and building a career, and who makes pretty good money working in an ER, would cross over the line into such illegal behavior. How does that happen? Weird.

1 comment:

  1. Doc not in jail because he didn't do the deed. Stolen precription pads twice reported to authorities. Family member, not of doc's household, responsible. Reporters and their employers should be held responsible for what they print. Doc's reputation was excellent for providing care in a rural community where his family and he lived for generations. You are right. It would be too weird.


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