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.