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Berks County surgeon faces charges for supplying man with prescription drugs

Even when Pennsylvania doctors establish a rapport with their patients, it’s important for them to follow all of the proper procedures for writing and filling their patients’ prescriptions. If they bend some of the rules, it could raise suspicions about the way that they are distributing prescription drugs. Some people manipulate doctors and even go shopping for multiple doctors to write prescriptions.

A Berks County surgeon and a Wernersville man had formed a mutually beneficial relationship in which the doctor supplied the man with prescriptions in exchange for yard work. Now both are facing serious drug charges. The surgeon had made a habit of giving prescriptions for pain medications even though there is no record of his visits to the surgeon’s office for examination. The man reportedly suffered from back pain.

According to prosecutors, the doctor was supplying these prescriptions even on holidays and weekends, when the doctor’s office was closed. The surgeon would write the prescription, drive the man to the pharmacy where he could pick up the prescription, and then drive the man to the doctor’s own home, where the man worked in the yard.

It is estimated that the doctor gave the man $43,000 in cash, which was used to pay for the drugs. After law enforcement investigated the matter, they concluded that the doctor had provided the man, who may have an addiction, with written prescriptions for more than 100,000 schedule III drugs. It is unknown how the authorities uncovered these alleged crimes.

Drug charges typically come with serious consequences that affect a person’s entire family. For this reason, it is important for anyone who is facing any type of drug charge, such as drug trafficking, to work with a qualified defense attorney.

Source: The Mercury, “Berks surgeon charged with giving narcotics prescriptions in exchange for yardwork,” Jan. 16, 2014

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