Clinic Busted in Drug Death
Posted by Childress on September 9, 2006
Is someone who supplies drugs responsible responsible for deaths caused by drugs? If there ever was a case to make the cause, this is it, from the St. Petersburg (FL) Times:
Jason Fulford died in this bedroom eight months ago, a troubled young man who took too many pills.
His death has led the Sheriff’s office to make an arrest in an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse.
Sally Jane Medina, 45, was arrested on several charges related to improperly practicing medicine and trafficking in narcotics. Authorities said she was working as a physicians assistant at the Doctors Urgent Care Clinic in January when she supplied Fulford with prescriptions for Xanax, Oxcodone and Percocet.
Fulford, 33, died as a result of taking the drugs he obtained with those prescriptions, the Sheriff’s office said. Medina admitted to seeing Fulford and writing the prescription, according to an arrest affidavit. …
“They gave him enough pills to kill a healthy person,” said Fred C. Fulford, 35, Jason’s brother. “My brother didn’t have to show proof of anything. He had no X-rays, no note from a doctor. He had nothing.”
Prescription drugs require prescriptions for a reason — they are dangerous and require the monitoring of a medical professional. And medical professionals who become drug dealers deserve jail time … lots of jail time.