Toxicology Experts Evaluate Excessive Opioid Prescriptions

    Toxicology Expert WitnessThis case takes place in Alabama where several patients were treated by the defendant with long term opioid therapy, with more than 10 patients having died either as a result of drug abuse or acute overdose. The defending physician allegedly was aware that his patients were abusing the drugs he prescribed, and was prescribing much higher doses than what is considered medically appropriate. The decedent’s estates wished to recover damages from the physician in civil court, and required a toxicology expert to assess the potential physiological effects of long term opioid abuse.

    Question(s) For Expert Witness

    • 1. Are you available to review medical records as to the issue of causation ( abuse or over prescription)?
    • 2. Do you have experience working on similar clinical pharmacology or neuropharmacology cases?

    Expert Witness Response E-000791

    I have worked on a number of similar cases in the past. I have been on both sides (Defense and plaintiff) depending on the issues in the case. I am presently the director of the Central Ohio Poison Center and am formerly the director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Center. I am Board Certified in Toxicology by the American Board of Applied Toxicology, an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, College of Medicine. I remain active both clinically and in research, with more than 280 publications relating to toxicology and 30 years experience in the field of toxicology.

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