Three Arrested in Connection with Drug Ring at Medical Facility

Thee medical center staff have been arrested including a doctor whose license was suspended in October for writing excessive prescriptions for powerful painkillers that may have contributed to a patient's death. All three men were led out in handcuffs as reporters and the public watched.

The arrests followed a yearlong investigation of the clinic, which deputies said was actually an unlicensed pill mill. A loophole in state law had allowed such medical clinics to operate without a license as long as they accepted only cash and do not bill private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. The facility was listed as a "physicians clinic" in county tax records.

Deputies are still investigating several similar facilities.  The operators face charges of operating a pain clinic without a license, while the physician faces a charge of morphine trafficking. Police have additional ongoing investigations relating to drug mills being camouflaged as clinics. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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