Drug Use and Doctor Shopping in Texas
New laws were instituted in Texas in 2012 to combat “doctor shopping", a term which describes purchasing of controlled drugs from more than one clinic or pharmacy by the same person. A news story in the Houston Chronicle in June of 2012 illustrated this practice. The article describes two women who died after taking what were presumably overdoses of addictive prescription drugs. The deaths occurred eight months apart at the same house. The owner of the house, who has an extensive criminal history and drug convictions, has been accused of recruiting people with criminal pasts to acquire prescription drugs from more than one pharmacy or clinic for use in the same time period. The owner of the house allegedly would resell the drugs to other customers. A new law makes it a felony for a person to fail to inform a practitioner that another doctor, clinic or pharmacy has also been filling prescriptions for addictive drugs. An additional measure providing the ability for doctors and pharmacists to check a patient’s record of prescriptions through an online system is scheduled to be utilized soon. This could be a deterrent to “doctor shopping" if the information is available in a timely manner. The story also mentions that the area on Houston’s southwest side has several clinics and pharmacies in close proximity that were the locations where the house owner’s recruits had allegedly obtained drugs illegally.
Protect Your Rights
If you have been arrested for a drug related crime or are being investigated in such a case, you should take steps to protect your rights and defend yourself. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC can fight for you and help protect you when your life and livelihood is at risk. Drug crimes are treated harshly and a conviction will severely impact your life. You may be barred from certain types of employment and risk loss of reputation. You may be sent to prison which is the most severe punishment short of the death penalty.
What You Should Do
Before talking to the police or making statements, be sure to have your criminal defense lawyer present. Your attorney can stop you from making incriminating statements, and will be sure to guard against inappropriate treatment or questioning by the police or prosecution. You will want the best defense you can get. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC can protect your rights and defend you in this difficult time.