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Crime Alaska nurse practitioner, doctor charged in opioid distribution scheme

09:20  10 october  2019
09:20  10 october  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

A Virginia doctor illegally prescribed 500,000 opioid pills in less than 2 years. He could get life in prison today.

  A Virginia doctor illegally prescribed 500,000 opioid pills in less than 2 years. He could get life in prison today. A Virginia doctor convicted in May of illegally prescribing more than half a million opioid tablets will be sentenced to federal prison Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Joel Smithers, who was convicted of 859 counts of illegally prescribing drugs, faces between 20 years and life in prison, the US Department of Justice said in a news release. He also faces a possible fine of more than $200 million.

An Alaska nurse practitioner and a doctor dubbed "the Candy Man" were charged Wednesday with providing millions of opioid doses to patients who did not medically require Davidhizar, a physician at Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna, was charged with distribution of a scheduled controlled substance.

An 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

An Alaska nurse practitioner and a doctor dubbed "the Candy Man" were charged Wednesday with providing millions of opioid doses to patients who did not medically require the drugs, which in turn fueled addiction and caused overdoses and deaths, officials said.

This illustration image shows tablets of opioid painkiller Oxycodon delivered on medical prescription taken on September 18, 2019 in Washington,DC. - Millions of Americans sank into addiction after using potent opioid painkillers that the companies churned out and doctors freely prescribed over the past two decades. Well over 400,000 people died of opioid overdoses in that period, while the companies involved raked in billions of dollars in profits. And while the flood of prescription opioids into the black market has now been curtailed, addicts are turning to heroin and highly potent fentanyl to compensate, where the risk of overdose and death is even higher. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)© ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images This illustration image shows tablets of opioid painkiller Oxycodon delivered on medical prescription taken on September 18, 2019 in Washington,DC. - Millions of Americans sank into addiction after using potent opioid painkillers that the companies churned out and doctors freely prescribed over the past two decades. Well over 400,000 people died of opioid overdoses in that period, while the companies involved raked in billions of dollars in profits. And while the flood of prescription opioids into the black market has now been curtailed, addicts are turning to heroin and highly potent fentanyl to compensate, where the risk of overdose and death is even higher. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The Alaska U.S. attorney said 48-year-old Jessica Joyce Spayd and 74-year-old Lavern Davidhizar were arrested and charged separately for distributing the prescription painkillers. Federal prosecutors said the two medical professionals help fuel the state’s opioid epidemic.

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Spayd, an advanced nurse practitioner and owner of Eagle River Wellness in Eagle River, was charged with distribution of narcotic substances resulting in death. Davidhizar, a physician at Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna, was charged with distribution of a scheduled controlled substance.

Spayd allegedly distributed more than 4 million doses of opioid narcotics, including oxycodone, methadone, and hydromorphone, to 450 patients between 2014 and 2019. At least 19 of her patients "died within one month of filling an opioid prescription" she issued, according to court documents. Twelve died within two weeks and five died the same day or the next day.

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An Eagle River nurse practitioner and a Soldotna doctor face federal charges for allegedly distributing millions of doses of opioids to patients who didn’t medically need them, resulting in overdoses, deaths and addiction, the Alaska U . S . attorney announced Wednesday.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spotted signals -- including patients traveling long distances, prescriptions written before previous prescriptions expired, and patients using multiple names and pharmacies — that led them to Spayd, according to court documents. Some pharmacies in Anchorage stopped filling prescriptions written by Spayd, Anchorage’s KTUU-TV of Anchorage reported.

Davidhizar prescribed so many narcotic pills he became known by drug users as "the Candy Man," authorities said. Court documents stated he prescribed more than 700,000 narcotic pills between 2017 and 2019, and "it was common knowledge that people could obtain pain medication prescriptions from him even though they did not have a legitimate medical need.”

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Undercover FBI agents posed as patients with signs of opioid addiction but "little pain justifying the opioids they sought," court documents stated. Davidhizar still prescribed them the drugs.

Davidhizar was put on probation in 1999 for a two-year period and fined $5,000 for failing to keep medical records for prescriptions, KTUU reported. He was placed on probation again in 2009 for five years and fined $35,000 for overprescribing drugs and failing to show concern for patients’ wellbeing.

Spayd faces a minimum of 20 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges, while Davidhizar faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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