He was a doctor with many years experience and well respected by his colleagues, patients and the community in general.
As he approached middle-age, however, he began prescribing medication in an unusual manner. Patients who presented complaining of pain he would check them over and send them off for an x-ray if he felt it necessary. He would then prescribe these patients with powerful and addictive opiates. These opiates worked well and initially his patients were content and pain free.
As time progressed his patients would return requesting more pain killers. He would increase the dose as they were developing a tolerance to the opiates. It wasn’t long before some of his patients were being prescribed outrageous doses of these opiates on a weekly basis.
These patients had become addicts. They were stoned out of their minds as they went about their daily business (which included driving a car). When they weren’t stoned out of their minds they suffered nasty withdrawal symptoms so he would prescribe them an equally addictive anxiolytic. His patients were ‘happy’ again….albeit they were stoned.
Meanwhile the doctor enjoyed an ever improving lifestyle. He now owned six houses, took four overseas holidays a year with his family and was able to reduce his working hours. Nobody raised an eyelid. Why should they?
Things began to catch him up when one of his patients was at fault in a car accident that they were involved in. His blood levels of the doctors prescribed opiate and anxiolytic were sky high. He should not have been driving. The doctor was questioned by the police about this. He lied to them and said that he had advised the patient not to drive. He even covered his bases by documenting this in the patients notes.
One detective was skeptical and gained access to the notes of the doctor on that particular patient. Having no medical knowledge the detective took a copy of the notes to the forensic department who found a glitch. The doctor had jumped straight to a powerful opiate as pain relief before trying milder anti-inflammatory medication. This begged the question, “Why?”
Notes on the doctors other patients of the doctor on the same addictive pain relief and anxiolytics were copied and confiscated by the police. The police scoured the notes and a blatant pattern of treatment was evident.
It took one young detective to discover that the medication being supplied was all manufactured by a relatively new pharmaceutical company. The doctor was brought in for questioning and initially took offence at the suggestion that he may be receiving financial incentives for prescribing medications from this company. When the police told him that they were able to access his bank transactions, he weakened and confessed.
The doctor was struck off the register, never to practise again. The pharmaceutical company continue to operate to this day.