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New Jersey doctor faces drug charges over opioid prescription

Doctors and other health care providers across the country have difficult jobs. They must carefully consider both the wants and needs of their patients. Because they are often left to make decisions of need based on information provided by patients -- including information regarding their levels of pain -- it may be difficult to make this determination. Despite this, a doctor in New Jersey now faces drug charges after he was accused of writing unnecessary prescriptions for painkillers.

Law enforcement officials claim that the doctor began writing the false prescriptions in May 2014. They claim that he allowed patients to choose how much of a drug he would prescribe. He is also accused of failing to monitor patients for signs of addiction.

Additionally, investigators claim that the doctor altered medical records after they were subpoenaed. It is unclear what prompted the investigation into the doctor or why law enforcement officers believe that he changed the records. He has since been charged with obstruction of justice and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

If convicted of the obstruction and drug charges of which he is accused, he could spend up to 20 years behind bars. Because of the seriousness of the charges and the potential consequences of a conviction, the decisions that the man makes will likely have a significant impact on the rest of his life. To ensure that the New Jersey doctor is fully prepared to make the necessary decisions, he may choose to seek guidance from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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