It can be a very serious situation for a medical professional when they are accused of wrongdoing. Such accusations can sometimes lead to criminal charges. Among the charges sometimes brought against health care providers are drug charges. This can be seen in a recent set of arrests here in Mississippi.
The arrests involved six health care professionals. The arrested individuals included a doctor, a medical assistant, a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse and two pharmacy technicians.
These individuals were accused of misconduct regarding controlled substances. The doctor and the medical assistant have been charged with fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. The other four individuals have been charged with embezzling a controlled substance.
These arrests came out of five different investigations. The investigations are an example of the efforts authorities are taking in response to the opioid crisis in the state. The significant focus authorities have put on the opioid epidemic lately underscores how serious of a matter it can be for a medical professional when they are accused of acting improperly in relation to opioids or other medications.
There are many serious consequences facing drug charges can lead to for a medical professional. If convicted, they could be given prison time and other significant penalties. What happens with the charges could also impact their professional future. So, seeking out guidance from a skilled defense lawyer on what they could do to try to protect their future, career and interests can be important for a medical professional facing charges of drug offenses.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger, “6 health care providers jailed in opioids investigations,” Therese Apel, Aug. 15, 2017