Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Doctors Breeding Heroin Addicts For Fun And Profit

Bronx Pain Doctor Busted In $90 Million Oxycodone Black Market Operation
As if on cue.  Another day, another example of monstrous greed from a "respectable" professional doubling as a drug kingpin.  No need to import drugs. Just write scrips.

Bronx Pain Doctor Busted In $90 Million Oxycodone Black Market Operation
Authorities say that licensed internist Robert Terdiman, 68, has written about 18,700 prescriptions for oxycodone since he started working at Bronx pain clinic Astramed Physicians, PC, in June 2012. Investigators believe he prescribed a total of 3 million pills, and with the street value for oxy running at about $30-a-pill, they expect the operation racked up an unprecedented $90 million. "Dr. Robert Terdiman is charged with selling prescriptions for highly addictive painkillers on a scale we have not seen before," Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said in a statement today. "Not only is he charged with perpetuating a practice that did little to heal and much to harm, both he and the Clinic reaped huge profits." As for how Terdiman managed to make all this money, prosecutors say the patients that populated his pain clinic were really "runners" hired by recruiters to pose as people in need of prescriptions. Terdiman allegedly talked them through the questionnaire required before prescribing oxy without performing an examination—undercover agents who came in for sessions with him noted he did not react to inconsistencies in their answers. They were required to pay between $200 and $300 via money order and received prescriptions for pills on every visit.
Three million pills on the street in under two years from ONE doctor.  And how many of these doctors are there?  How much do you think Purdue Pharma makes from sales to these sham buyers?

In related news, last evening an old friend forwarded on the story of a ne'er-do-well who was two years behind us in high school, just busted with 82 bags of heroin in Lanoka Harbor, NJ.  Ocean County, NJ, where I went to high school, is now teeming with heroin addicts and reeling from overdoses.


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