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Federal government: Over-prescribing painkillers is a crime

As a doctor, you may prescribe opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and hydrocodone, to help your patients deal with chronic or severe pain. Since opioids are highly addictive, it is considered a criminal offense to over-prescribe them to patients. 

The federal government, specifically the Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), say there is a line doctors can cross between performing their duty of care and over-prescribing narcotics. How do you know when you've crossed that line?

Several actions have been taken in recent months to curb opioid addiction in the United States. Much of this effort is focused on reducing the number of doctors who over-prescribe to patients.

If you are facing criminal charges for over-prescribing opioids, it is important to remember you have legal rights. As with any criminal charge, you are innocent until proven guilty. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help with your case.

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