John Christensen, pain pills doctor who was arrested and charged with first degree murder, is now facing only manslaughter charges. West Palm Beach, Fl doctor, John Christensen, distributed pain pills in a pain clinic that resulted in two patient deaths from overdose. There was no medical reason for these patients to be on any pain killers, which is why this case received national attention. The prescription pill abuse epidemic was really put in the spotlight after this story hit the media and continues to raise concerns on accountability for these improperly prescribing doctors.
Pain Pills Overdose
A doctor writing a prescription for a patient is as serious as an officer drawing a gun on a suspect – you better be right before you pull the trigger. In this case, you better have good reason before the pen hits the paper. With millions suffering from prescription pill abuse in the United States, it’s about time these bad doctors are held accountable for their part in creating the problem. Money should not be more important than a patient’s life.
Christiansen may have only two known patients’ blood on his hands as far as the charges go, but his office alone has been linked to at least six deaths as a result of overdoses from pain pills. His office also has a reputation of being a pain pill-mill that enables addiction, rather than a clinic that legitimately helps those who suffer from chronic pain issues.
The attempt to charge a doctor with murder from over-prescribing drugs has not yet been successful in the state of Florida. Under Florida state law, committing first-degree murder requires premeditation. There are two exceptions, however; if the person dies while the defendant committed a felony, or if the death was caused from a narcotic that was given illegally to the victim. This law was designed to go after illegal drug dealers, not licensed physicians who have the ability to prescribe controlled substances legally, which is why so far it has been difficult to hold them accountable.
Charging Christiansen with manslaughter appears to be a more sensible charge, because it seems to fit the alleged crime better. For those who have lost their loved ones to the prescription drugs that he prescribed without consideration or care for the individual’s life, may disagree.
Should John Christensen be charged with first degree murder? Or is the charge of manslaughter more appropriate for over-prescribing pain pills which resulted in the deaths of two patients?Tags: pain treatment, pill mills, prescription pain killers