Doctor Given 4 Life Sentences For Prescription Drug Trafficking

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Prescription Drugs

Doctor Given 4 Life Sentences For Prescription Drug Trafficking

A Chicago doctor, Dr. Paul Volkman, who dispensed more oxycodone from 2003 to 2005 than any other physician in the country, was sentenced to 4 life terms in conjunction with 4 overdose deaths among his patients.  The 64-year-0ld maintains that he acted like a doctor, not a drug dealer, claiming to care how much drugs a client buys, how often he buys them, and what he does with them.  Volkman made weekly trips to at least four locations, where patients drove from hundreds of miles away, to prescribe pills before he was shut down in 2006.

According to Time.com , the doctor also received prison sentences for 13 other counts related to drug trafficking, including possessing a weapon while drug trafficking.  Volkman worked at Tri-State Health Care and Pain Management clinic, whose operators have since plead guilty to one count of operating Tri-State whose primary purpose was the illegal distribution of prescription medication.  Prosecutors said Volkman rarely consulted with patients or offered them any methods of alternative treatment.  Volkman denied these allegations, but was still sentenced to 4 life sentences.

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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