Seventy year old Dr. John Alan Littleford, DO, a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist and owner of Pain and Injury Clinic in Parker, Colorado in the outskirts of Denver has been charged in federal court with conspiring to distribute excessive amounts of narcotics, according to reporter Mike Barz in his article written April 12, 2016. He’s been accused of writing illegal prescriptions and working with a pharmacy that looked the other way, according to federal authorities.
According to federal law, a doctor with a DEA certificate for controlled substances can write any prescription for any controlled substance. How can the feds claim any of his prescriptions are “illegal” as long as he holds a DEA certificate?
Court records show that from April 2010 to November 2012, Littleford is accused of writing new prescriptions for opioids for patients who should have had pills left over from the previous prescriptions. The pharmacists are accused of conspiring to fill those prescriptions.
Does that make the prescriptions “illegal?” It shouldn’t.
Littleford is charged with two counts of distributing a controlled substance which resulted in death. He faces up to 20 years in prison. The indictment also alleges that these two individuals received illegal amounts of Oxycodone.
There is no federal law to my knowledge that makes any amount of a controlled substance “illegal”. This type of charge, if it is true, is a new one that doctors need to get their associations on board against. If the Feds can start dictating amounts of medications without going through medical school, who is the doctor?
Also charged were Dr. Littleford’s office manager, Dianna Smithling, and two pharmacists, Stanley Callas and Scott Eskanos, co-owners of Crown Joint Pharmacy in Parker and Sky Ridge Pharmacy in Lone Tree. His alleged co-conspirators faces charges of conspiring to distribute controlled substances to money laundering and face up to 15 years for those charges.
Another article, written by Jennifer Kovaleski on May 1, 2016 was headed “Mom blames Parker doctor for son’s death, and overprescribing oxycodone pain killers”
Now with a header like that, you are really prejudicing the jury pool. But for sensationalism, reporters go for that sort of thing. In her article, she quotes the mother blaming the doctor for the medication. But she was the one giving it to him. If she saw his mentality or respirations were being compromised, she should have held the dose. It seems like a little guilt here by the mother being redirected to the doctor.
This case happened in 2012. The mother even states that the pills became the only way her son could deal with his back pain after trying physical therapy, acupuncture and other methods. That sounds like good medical management to me, not bad.
The DEA said Dr. Littleford, his office manager and two other pharmacists are accused of giving pain killers and other drugs like Fentanyl patches to numerous patients in quantities that would lead to addiction.
Now this is where the courts and the jurors need to understand the truth. Pills don’t cause addiction. For information on what does, go to my post on my website www.sevenpillarsofhealth.com.
The others charged are Dianna Smithling, and pharmacists Stanley Callas and Scott Eskanos. The pharmacists participated as co-owners of Crown Point Pharmacy in Parker and Sky Ridge Pharmacy in Lone Tree, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.