June 28, 2022
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • The Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors need to prove that doctors knowingly prescribed drugs in aberrant ways to win convictions against them for unlawful distribution of controlled medicines. The decision came in a case brought by two doctors who were sentenced to decades in prison for unlawfully prescribing opioids. The doctors had argued they were acting in “good faith” trying to provide care for their patient. The justices stopped short of overturning the convictions, instead sending them back to the lower courts to reexamine the legal challenge. (Articles here, here, here, here, and here)