If you have driven around Jacksonville and other areas in the Southeast, you may have noticed signs for pain clinics, which are clinics people who have chronic pain can go to to get evaluated and receive prescriptions for pain medicine. However, federal law enforcement agents and local police are raiding these pain clinics and arresting the people who work there, including the doctors and those who have an ownership interest in the pain clinics. The police are alleging that the pain clinics are providing a large number of prescription pills such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Oxycontin to people either without performing the appropriate medical exam or at excessive numbers not indicated by their medical conditions, and the people who receive the pills are turning around and selling them on the street for a significant profit.
In the most recent raid of the Northeast Florida Pain and Urgent Care Center on Dunn Avenue in Jacksonville, the doctor was arrested for allegedly trafficking in Oxycodone for providing large amounts of Oxycodone without meeting the appropriate medical standards. According to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officials, this is the third pain clinic shut down in Jacksonville in the last month.
At the law firm of Shorstein & Lasnetski, LLC, we have significant experience representing doctors in front of administrative review boards and otherwise. We also have extensive experience defending doctors and other pain clinic employees in these pain clinic drug cases that are appearing more and more as federal agents and local police officers are focusing in on them. If you have a question about an affiliation with a pain clinic or a related investigation, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.