The relationship between a Providence doctor and a patient is founded on trust. A patient must have confidence that a doctor will always have their best interest at heart and be motivated by the need to heal those that are sick. Nowadays there are technological advancements in prescription medication that can cure illness and manage pain. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors use their powers to prescribe these medications to others for motivations that are beyond the scope of healing individuals. Whether it is to facilitate the recreational use of prescription painkillers, or simple financial gain, some medical professionals will continually dispense harmful drugs to patients without thinking about the dangerous side effects that may occur.
This may be the case for one man who recently passed away after receiving an abundance of prescription painkillers for an indeterminate amount of time. While it is unknown if the medication was directly at fault in the cause of death, authorities are investigating the physician responsible for the overmedication.
Charges filed against the doctor on subsequent allegations state that she dispensed drugs to more patients than legally allowed, and frequently without a medical necessity to back up the prescriptions. The doctor has been arrested and accused of a federal offense.
Those who have fallen victim to overmedication at the hands of a licensed Rhode Island physician often face long-term complications, disability and even death. If this has happened to you or a loved one, speaking with an attorney to better understand your legal rights, and possibly work toward restitution, may be a good idea.
Source: WDTV, "Federal Grand Jury Indicts Dr. Edita Milan," Rebecca Robbins, July 25, 2013