Ivan Lamont Robinson, a nurse practitioner in Washington, D.C, has been federally indicted for distributing oxycodone without a legitimate medical need or purpose and outside the scope of his professional practice.
Robinson, 44, was indicted on June 7, 2016, of 55 felony counts. Each of the 55 counts carry a maximum of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million.
The evidence reveals that Robinson was running a pain management clinic from 2011 to 2013. Pharmacists and other medical professionals were concerned that he was operating a "pill mill" not a pain management business. Civilians also complained.
Officials obtained a search warrant on Robinson's clinic and after speaking with DEA officials he surrendered his DEA license that enabled him to write prescriptions for patients without physician supervision. Prescriptions for 60 tablets of 30 mg oxycodone were written to 55 patients.
“Pill mills” are health care establishments that cease to operate as such. The practitioners no longer treat the patients, examine , diagnose, and use multiple treatment modalities. Instead, they sell pills for cash and are then considered drug dealers by the DEA.
U.S. Attorney Phillips said, “Doctors and healthcare professionals have a responsibility to the public to prescribe opioid medications carefully, and when there is a legitimate medical purpose to do so, and not merely to feed someone’s addiction." He went on to say, “Together with our law enforcement partners, we are committed to combatting the problem of opioid abuse.”
“Most health care professionals adhere to strict standards when caring for their patients,” said Special Agent in Charge Colder. “However, in this instance, Mr. Robinson is accused of using his position to prescribe oxycodone for the sole purpose of making money, ultimately putting lives in danger. This indictment, numerous search warrants, and subsequent arrest demonstrates that DEA is dedicated to dismantling “pill mill” operations. When prescriptions are obtained through rogue pain management clinics and then sold on the streets, it creates and feeds a new generation of users and addicts. These addicts will continue to abuse the illegal prescriptions, or switch to a cheaper and more potent drug; heroin. DEA would like to thank its law enforcement partners for their diligent efforts to keep the citizens of Washington, D.C. safe.”
“This indictment is part of an ongoing effort by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) to aggressively investigate allegations of health care fraud that affect the Department of Defense and put its personnel at risk,” said Special Agent in Charge Craig. “DCIS will continue working with our law enforcement partners to make health care fraud an investigative priority.”
According to President Obama, "Drug overdoses now take more lives every year than traffic accidents. Deaths from opioid overdoses have tripled since 2000. A lot of the time, they're from legal drugs prescribed by a doctor.”
Prescription opioids are responsible for three-quarters of fatal overdoses.