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Doctor and Wife Allegedly Responsible for 7 Overdose Deaths at "Pill Mill" in Ohio

Dayton, Ohio - In December of 2014, David Kirkwood, 59, and Beverly Kirkwood, 47, were indicted on numerous counts of conspiracy, distributing prescription pills, and health care fraud. Federal Agents raided the couple's office in October on suspicion that the location was being used at a "pill mill," providing controlled substances in large amounts to gain a profit. Some of the medications provided by the clinic include diazepam, carisoprodol, methadone, opana, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and alprazolam. It is alleged that Dr. Kirkwood provided prescriptions to known drug addicts and distributors for $100 a visit. Drugs prescribed by Dr. Kirkwood were dispensed in Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. The indictment reports 7 drug-overdose deaths that occurred after being prescribed pills by Dr. Kirkwood, all of which occurred within a month of receiving the prescription. David and Beverly are scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 30. 

Pain Management Clinics in Tennessee - Since January 1, 2012, the State of Tennessee has required all pain management clinics to be registered with the State. This registration must also be renewed every 2 years and the clinics must provide medical and other records upon investigation or inspection. State law also requires detailed record keeping and patient drug tests, as well as educating staff about prescription drug abuse. The State also lists $1000 penalties for each violation of the rules, with each day of continued violation counting as a separate violation.


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