Mountain View woman accused of running 'pill mill' Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on May 15, 2012 at 9:51 am
A Mountain View woman was arrested Friday and charged with allegedly prescribing large quantities of highly-addictive, opiate-based painkillers to patients without conducting proper examinations or checking medical records, authorities with the county said.
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Posted by nsperling, a resident of another community, on May 15, 2012 at 11:39 am
I'm curious why the headline wasn't "Mountain View doctor accused of running a pill mill" In getting people's attention to the article, Is it relevant that the doctor happens to be a woman? Why would your writer think that more compelling? No question what she did was a terrible misuse of her license and the hippocratic oath, but it behooves us all to look at just the pertinent facts. I actually think the headline was a bit misleading. It wasn't just any woman, it was a woman with a medical degree, which to me, is a far worse lapse.
Posted by Felicity, a resident of Los Altos, on May 15, 2012 at 11:57 am
Some of you may not be aware but the presence of pills on high school campuses is unbelievable. Kids can get anything and some resell as a way to make money. Because most of the parents that test, test for alcohol and marijuana only, this can slip by unnoticed for a long time. Xanex, percoset, vicodin, oxy, ecstasy, and on goes the list. If you teen is acting any different, too tired or too animated, break out the multi-substance tests (they are easily available at the drugstore and Amazon). I figured this out after having a kid take too many Xanex purchased at school. There is so much abuse of pharmaceutical drugs it is very disheartening. I am so glad they got this woman. Maybe this will stem the tide of pills at our local schools.
Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on May 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Many parents are not good about locking up their prescriptions, or controlling the dosage of a pain scrip prescribed for the kids, for example if one is injured in sports. Good luck telling people in Palo Alto what their kids are up to in regard to drugs and alcohol, denial is a river running strong and true through this City.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on May 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm
She's a despicable dirtbag if the allegations are true. I'm glad she was caught. She now has the death of an addict on her conscience - if she has one - because she contributed to his death by her amoral greed.
This is a weird article - it doesn't make clear that she's an M.D. or other relevant facts - how long she's been practicing, her age, if there are previous complaints about her. I'll look for more info as te case progresses in The Merc.
Posted by maguro_01, a resident of Mountain View, on May 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Well, congrats to the law enforcement people anyway.
The remarks about students are troubling. As long as adolescent students are running around with hundreds in cash to spend there is no way to keep them out of trouble. NO WAY. You could put Web cams in every living room and an officer on every corner and it would accomplish little. If you want to keep your kid out of trouble stop supplying them with so much cash. If working means they have a lot of free cash, then they shouldn't work. Direct deposit to a college account might work. Pop for free lunch in a cafeteria. If you can't even do that then stop complaining.
I've heard of PA kids that drop hundreds a month on plastic - their parents thought that was a good strategy. Maybe - they are still spending too much and may never be as free in real life. Kids with too much money never learn to set priorities, make choices, and save money, skills necessary in any life. Further, the transactions on a card bill may not be real - there's likely some business in or near PA where kids can go and get cash for a bogus transaction. The market is just too good. Anyone can set up to take plastic through Web Link if they can't already. There's nothing wrong with Square.
I do realize that there are too many big business interests that make very large sums of money out of adolescents starting with media and consumer goods. Corporate music for adolescents isn't art, it's marketing from focus groups and renegade shrinks. If all that is necessary then teen drug problems are collateral damage and little can be done about them.
Drug companies make huge amounts from over supplying drugs with narrow medical usefulness. Most, though not all, of their use must be recreational. Drug companies own Congress and we pay twice the world price in the US for most drugs. If all that is a result of our political Pay-To-Play system, and it is, then teen drug problems are again collateral damage with no remedy.
At the bottom of all this remains one thing. The possibilities of kids to get in trouble are less the less money they have. PTA and parent groups should be able to assure that such a life is possible.
Posted by Jeanine, a resident of Menlo Park, on May 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm
I know this lady. She should go away for life!!!!! I have been looking at a way to turn her in for about a year now. She has aided to my childs addiction. The fact that my child DIDN'T need this drug was of no concern to her. She is the scum of the earth and I hope to GOD she doesn't get off. I really hate this woman.....
Posted by atonement, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 16, 2012 at 9:12 am
I'm going to get flamed for this, but..
I'm not excusing anything this woman did. Addiction is horrible, and I think there is a special place in hell for people who prey on anyone through addiction of any kind.
But I also wonder why we as a society have so given up on redemption and rehabilitation? We have a greater percentage of our population in prison than anywhere else and we spend more money on prisons than I care to think about. And those prisoners get out and reoffend, because we have turned our penal system into a vengeful rather than a redemptive one, and if there's anything people learn in prison, it's how to associate with and be better criminals.
There are some people you want to throw away the key for, don't get me wrong. And I'm not speaking about this case specifically, because I don't know enough. But many get on the wrong track in life BECAUSE of their associations and we are better off as a society if we can focus on redemption. Redemption means atonement, which includes reparation. When we are simply vengeful, we lose the transformation that can come from real reparations. (And we end up spending a lot of money on prisons and prisoners that could better be spent creating opportunities.)
I think judges get stuck between a rock and a hard place on cases like this. They may give her a harsh sentence, and then we are all stuck paying until she gets out, which she will -- and then what? We've educated another person in becoming nonproductive, maybe even a better criminal. If they don't see the woman isn't a hardened criminal, and give her a lighter sentence because our system is the way it is, there is no real justice is that either. If we believed in redemption, there would be justice in the reparations process, and some good would come out of the pain and harm that was caused, not just more pain and expense forever in the future.
Well, those are my thoughts. I'm glad they stopped this person.