Video: Florida's Pill-Happy Docs Keep Doling Out Scrips Despite Past Convictions

By Kenneth Garger 07/20/11

Even after being arrested and charged with serious drug crimes, many Florida doctors keep the prescriptions flowing.

ABC’s Tampa, Florida I-Team managed to get their hands on a rather lengthy list of Florida physicians who have been slapped with drug-related offenses by the Department of Health. Amazingly, they discovered that many of the doctors on the list still maintain a valid medical license—and some continue to treat patients. Charlotte Fox, whose son took his own life because of an overbearing addiction to pain pills, is furious that no legal action has been taken against the doctor responsible for writing the scrips. According to the report, a 20-day prescription given to Charlotte’s son, Matt, included 80 Oxycontin pills, 240 Oxycodone, and 90 Xanax. Dr. Christina Paylan, who was arrested last month on drug trafficking charges, continues to see patients in her Tampa-based cosmetic surgery clinic. She was charged with writing phony scrips for herself and her boyfriend. Some Florida politicians are pushing the Florida Board of Medicine to step up their authority to suspend or revoke the licenses of doctors who won't quit trafficking drugs. We think that plan is a bit overdue. ABC video follows:

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