Prescription pills are among the most popular recreational drug options for folks looking to get high these days. There are plenty of dealers on the street that have the fix pill poppers are looking for, but what better plug is there for prescription medications than the people who can legally write scripts? Practicing doctors are emerging as prominent drug traffickers, turning their practices and pharmacies into the new trap. However, more and more doctors are going down for doing this. Pill mills teeming with addicts are shut down and some of the doctors even face charges for murder, due to patients who overdose on the pills they prescribe. The latest doc to go down is Dr. Barry Schultz, who practiced/trapped out of suburban Delray Beach, FL.
Schultz was found guilty on 55 out of 79 drug trafficking charges filed against him for the huge quantities of oxycodone and other narcotics prescribed for pain relief. He will spend at least 25 years in prison after the conviction. The Palm Beach Post writes:
During the trial, she and prosecutor Lauren Godden said Schultz prescribed as many as 20,000 pills a year to patients, with no medical justification for it.
Operating a pharmacy out of his office on Jog Road, Schultz was simply greedy, they said. The pharmacy, which only accepted cash, was raking in about $10,000 a week, [Assistant Palm Beach County State Attorney Barbara] Burns said.
As Schultz sits in prison (stripped of his medical license) he will still have another serious charge looming over his head. He is still facing a charge of manslaughter for the 2012 overdose death of a 50-year-old patent.
Schultz is one of dozens of Florida physicians with pain clinics who have been prosecuted for drug trafficking. The most notable have been the convicted Jeff and Chris George for their $40 million Wellington Pill Mill in West Palm Beach. Dr. George Klein ducked a murder charge in connection to an overdose death of a Wellington patient, but was still convicted of illegally selling Xanax.