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Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distribution

Alaska doctor, nurse charged with vast opioid distributionAn Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner face federal charges of illegally distributing millions of opioid doses to patients that resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths, officials said. The Alaska U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and 74-year-old Lavern Davidhizar were arrested and charge separately with providing opioids to patients who did not medically require them. Spayd, an advanced nurse practitioner and owner of Eagle River Wellness in Eagle River, has been charged with distribution of narcotic substances resulting in death.



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Doctor gets 40 years in prison for prescribing over 500,000 opioid doses

Doctor gets 40 years in prison for prescribing over 500,000 opioid dosesVirginia doctor Joel Smithers was convicted in May of more than 800 counts of illegally distributing opioidsAn undated photo of Dr Joel Smithers. Photograph: APA doctor who prosecutors said ran a medical practice in Virginia like an interstate drug distribution ring was sentenced on Wednesday to 40 years in prison for illegally prescribing opioids.Dr Joel Smithers was sentenced in US district court in Abingdon. Judge James Jones sentenced Smithers to 40 years. He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life.Smithers was convicted in May of more than 800 counts of illegally distributing opioids, including oxycodone and oxymorphone that caused the death of a West Virginia woman.Authorities say Smithers prescribed more than 500,000 doses of opioids to patients from Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee while based in the small western Virginia town of Martinsville from 2015 to 2017. Martinsville has a population of roughly 13,000.US attorney Thomas Cullen said the sentence, while severe, “serves as just punishment” for Smithers’ actions.“This physician perpetuated, on a massive scale, the vicious cycle of addiction and despair,” Cullen said in a statement.More than 300,000 people have died in the opioid overdose crisis since 2000.Smithers, 36, a married father of five from Greensboro, North Carolina, testified that he was a caring doctor who was deceived by some of his patients.Some patients remained fiercely loyal to him, testifying that they needed the powerful opioids he prescribed for them to cope with chronic pain.Prosecutors said many patients would drive hundreds of miles one-way to get to Smithers’ clinic in Martinsville.Smithers prescribed opioids to every patient in his practice, according to prosecutors. Before a warrant was served on his clinic, he took in more than $ 700,000 in cash and credit card payments. He did not accept insurance.WSET-TV reported that the judge recommended that Smithers serve his sentence in a prison close to his family and that he receive mental health treatment.Smithers wrote in a court filing that he plans to appeal his convictions. His attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the sentence.



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Doctor sues US government for seizing abortion drugs she sent to patients

Doctor sues US government for seizing abortion drugs she sent to patientsA Dutch doctor who has devoted her career to helping women safely terminate pregnancies in countries where it is illegal or difficult to access abortion has sued the US government for allegedly blocking her American patients from getting abortions by seizing their prescriptions.Dr Rebecca Gomperts, who prescribes abortion drugs to patients around the world, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Idaho on Monday.



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Young mother shot in Odessa shooting kept asking about her baby, doctor says

Young mother shot in Odessa shooting kept asking about her baby, doctor says'WHERE'S MY BABY?' A doctor who helped save the life of one of the shooting victims said she kept asking about her baby while he was helping.



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Doctor in murder case gets 2 new lawyers, June trial date

Doctor in murder case gets 2 new lawyers, June trial dateThe Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder is now scheduled for trial next June and has two new lawyers, including one known for successfully defending high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez. Husel didn’t speak during the hearing. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found that Husel ordered excessive painkillers for about three dozen hospital patients who died over the past several years.



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Russian doctor has trace of radiation after explosion

Russian doctor has trace of radiation after explosionMore than 100 Russian medical workers who helped treat victims of a recent mysterious explosion at a military testing range have undergone checks and one man has been found with a trace of radiation, officials said Friday. It was followed by a brief rise in radiation levels in nearby Severodvinsk, but the authorities insisted it didn’t pose any danger. The Arkhangelsk regional administration said Friday that 110 medical workers have undergone checks that one man was found with a low amount of radioactive cesium-137 in his muscle tissue.



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Ex-VA doctor who was fired for being drunk on job charged with manslaughter in 3 veterans' deaths

Ex-VA doctor who was fired for being drunk on job charged with manslaughter in 3 veterans' deathsRobert Morris Levy was arrested and faces a grand jury indictment on manslaughter and fraud charges in connection with the death of three veterans.



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Days away from moving for a dream job, Miami doctor is killed in fall from cliff on vacation

Days away from moving for a dream job, Miami doctor is killed in fall from cliff on vacationDaniel Sirovich was a native of Kearny, NJ, who loved traveling and was interested in sports and international medicine.



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DRC medics arrested over murder of WHO Ebola doctor

DRC medics arrested over murder of WHO Ebola doctorThree Congolese medics have been detained over the murder of a World Health Organization (WHO) doctor who was fighting an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, a military prosecutor said on Wednesday. Cameroonian doctor Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung was shot dead on April 19 in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo. The arrested doctors will be prosecuted for “terrorism” and “criminal conspiracy,” Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Baptiste Kumbu Ngoma, military prosecutor for Butembo in North Kivu province, told AFP.



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Ohio Doctor Fired for Tweeting She'd Give Jewish People 'All the Wrong Meds'

Ohio Doctor Fired for Tweeting She'd Give Jewish People 'All the Wrong Meds'The hospital said that no patients have reported being harmed by her work



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