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Woman arrested for doctor shopping in Thousand Oaks
Published On: 03-13-2018 in Category: Doctor Shopping
Authorities have arrested a Calabasas woman for fraudulently trying to acquire painkiller drugs. Acting on a tip-off from a Ventura County doctor, detectives from various departments conducted a joint operation to arrest 49-year-old Jennifer Williams on charges of doctor shopping for Schedule II and Schedule IV prescription drugs. Investigating officers recently tracked Williams to a Thousand Oaks emergency care facility and arrested her. Williams faces 11 charges of procuring a controlled substance by fraud or misrepresentation.
According to investigation that began in November 2017, Williams had visited over 80 doctors throughout Southern California during the last one year to get more than 4,700 doses of prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and lorazepam. The departments and agencies involved in the probe included the Thousand Oaks Police Department, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the California Department of Health Care Services.
Not only California, the entire country is in the grip of prescription drug crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2000 and 2015, more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. In such circumstances, physicians should make people aware of the risks of prescription drug abuse by physicians. Health care providers need to identify patients who stand at a greater risk of abuse and also ensure that those treated with opioids receive only the required quantity of medication.
Steps to counter prescription drug abuse
People entrusted with the responsibility of dispensing prescription drugs must exercise their discretionary powers judiciously by striking a balance between the legitimate need to help reduce pain and, at the same time, ensuring not to create drug dependency. Mentioned below are some important steps to counter prescription drug abuse:
- Denying prescription opioid medications to anyone under 21 years of age.
- Denying prescription drugs to anyone who is not a patient or to anyone over the phone.
- Monitoring patients and their drug history to identify those indulged in doctor shopping.
- Taking care not to prescribe opioid painkillers to anyone who has had such drugs prescribed recently by other doctors.
- Denying prescription opioids to any patient who calls the office and has not been seen in more than a year. Patients should be prescribed any sort of medication only after a thorough diagnosis.
- Ascertaining that a person doesn’t have a history of drug addiction prior to prescribing her or her any medication.
- Advising people to dispose any unused opioid medication to avoid misuse.
Going drug-free is possible
The good thing is that addiction to prescription drugs can be treated with timely medical intervention. If you or your loved one is grappling with addiction to prescription drugs or any other substance, seek medical help from the Thousand Oaks Drug Treatment and Rehab Center. Our certified addiction advisors can assist you in getting one of the best treatment options that may help you get “drug-free.” You can call us at our helpline number 805-266-7122 for more information.