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Record number of doctors disciplined in New Jersey

Staff Writer |
New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino filed disciplinary actions against doctors at a record pace last year.

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Tha was resulting in sanctions against 31 physicians who allegedly over-prescribed painkillers and other narcotics that can lead to addiction, Attorney General Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced.

Under the push to rein in problem prescribers, an unprecedented number of doctors saw their practicing authority revoked, suspended or otherwise restricted for allegedly putting the public at risk by indiscriminately prescribing controlled dangerous substances (CDS) that can pave the way to addiction.

The crackdown on problem prescribers was part of the State’s multi-pronged strategy to combat the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction crisis plaguing New Jersey and the nation.

“When four out of five new heroin users are getting their start by abusing prescription drugs, you have to attack the problem at ground zero - in irresponsibly run doctors’ offices,” said Attorney General Porrino.

“Physicians who grant easy access to the drugs that are turning New Jersey residents into addicts can be every bit as dangerous as street-corner dealers. Purging the medical community of over-prescribers is as important to our cause as busting heroin rings and locking up drug kingpins.”

The discipline measures sought by Attorney General Porrino were carried out by the State Board of Medical Examiners (“The Board”) within the Division of Consumer Affairs.

“As committed allies in New Jersey’s battle against opioid addiction, we will continue to take strong action against doctors and other practitioners who fuel the crisis by making pills available for abuse,” said Steve Lee, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs.

“We will not allow anyone, least of all members of the medical profession who have pledged to ‘do no harm,’ to work against us as we struggle to stem the deadly tide of addiction.”

The 2016 actions filed with the Board resulted in eight license revocations, five long-term suspensions, and one voluntary retirement that settled allegations against 14 doctors.

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