Alabama doctor plead guilty to unlawful distibution of opioids
An Alabama doctor pleaded guilty Friday to distributing opioids from a clinic she was operating in the State, according to the U.S. prosecutors.
66-year-old Celia Lloyd-Turney pleaded guilty to one count of illegal distribution of controlled drugs. According to the Department of Justice, the doctor made multiple proscriptions of controlled substances for the patients who were addicted and were actively abusing other drugs.
Lloyd-Turney’s plea is apparent a deal with the Department of Justiceas the Department dropped her 14 other charges in exchange for her plea. Now Lloyd-Turney faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up $1 million.
Her sentencing is scheduled for June 8, 2020.
According to National Vital Statistics System, more than 130 people in the U.S.A. die of opioid overdose every day. The misuse of opioids — painkillers, heroine and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl lead to the serious problems like an addiction, which is now a number one threat to the national health and economic wealth.
The results of the addiction can be devastating not only to a person but to his surrounding as well, as the person not always applies for help or doesn’t always receive it on time.
In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl.
In April 2018 at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced the launch of the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis.