Many people do not realize just how much they stand to lose with a drug trafficking conviction. Now that the opioid crisis has become a national epidemic, many doctors and pharmaceutical representatives find themselves playing Russian roulette with their careers and their patients’ health just to line their pockets with profits from overprescribing opioids, fentanyl and other harmful narcotics. New York is one of the strictest jurisdictions in the country when it comes to drug crimes.
The crackdown on doctors writing too many prescriptions for unnecessary drugs has cast a wide net, casting a negative light on the medical profession. What many people fail to realize is that doctors are not solely to blame. Some of the liability rests on the pharmaceutical companies. Recently, a pharmaceutical company was placed under investigation for racketeering claims that it encouraged its drug sales reps to resort to unethical measures to boost drug sales. Besides staging bogus presentations to boost fentanyl and opioid narcotic sales by selling to friends and family, a Michigan doctor claims the company’s sales rep enticed him to write extra prescriptions with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, dances from exotic dancers and complimentary meals as kickbacks to comply.