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Indiana DEA Drug Diversion Defense Lawyer

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Attorney Representing Medical Professionals in DEA Drug Trafficking Cases Involving Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Medical professionals are subject to a great deal of scrutiny by multiple different state and federal agencies. Doctors who prescribe or administer controlled substances to patients, pharmacists who dispense drugs that are prescribed by doctors, and other medical providers who work with these types of drugs may need to address issues related to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In many cases, the DEA will investigate these professionals based on suspicions that they have engaged in drug diversion or are involved in drug trafficking schemes. These investigations may lead to a variety of consequences, including the loss of a DEA controlled substance registration, discipline to a person's medical license, or criminal charges.

Doctors, pharmacists, or other medical professionals who have been accused of drug diversion will need to understand how they can defend against criminal charges and other penalties that may affect their ability to practice medicine or provide services for patients. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC, we have helped numerous clients address these issues. We can provide legal representation during DEA investigations, and we can help defend against the suspension or revocation of a DEA registration or professional license. We can also help address related issues that may affect medical providers, such as the loss of provider status with Medicare or Medicaid or the loss of specialty board certification.

Understanding Drug Diversion Charges

Drug diversion may include any situations in which a medical provider allows controlled substances to be used for purposes other than legitimate medical treatment. In some cases, a doctor or pharmacist may be accused of participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and allowing controlled substances to be illegally sold or distributed. However, a provider may also need to address claims that they have allowed controlled substances to be used improperly by failing to follow the correct procedures.

There are multiple situations where a person may be investigated for drug diversion by the DEA, including:

  • Operating a "pill mill" - A doctor or medical office may be accused of writing prescriptions for opioids or other types of medications with the intent of allowing these drugs to be used for non-medical purposes or sold to others. These charges may apply in situations where a doctor regularly prescribes medications at high doses, serves patients from outside of the geographical region where their office is located, or provides services to large numbers of patients without performing complete medical examinations. Pharmacies may also be accused of participating in drug diversion schemes if they fail to verify that drugs are being prescribed for legitimate medical reasons.
  • Failing to properly monitor the use of controlled substances - To prevent drug abuse, doctors are required to perform medical examinations to determine when certain types of medications are appropriate, and they should also work with patients to create pain management plans and advise them of other options that may be available. Medical providers who do not properly participate in prescription drug monitoring plans or who do not take the proper measures to address abuse of opioids or other drugs may face consequences for their failure to follow the proper standards of care.
  • Theft of medications - Controlled substances may be stolen from medical offices or pharmacies, and providers may face penalties if they did not implement the necessary security measures to prevent these thefts.

Contact Our Indiana Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney

If you are a medical professional who has been accused of drug diversion, or if you are being investigated by the DEA and are worried about the potential consequences that you may face, the Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC can assist with your case. We will advise you on how you should respond to DEA officials, and we will help you protect your ability to prescribe or dispense controlled substances and defend against disciplinary action that may affect your medical license and your career. Contact us today at 463-219-2612 for a free consultation.

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