Two More Doctor Drug-Pushers Locked Up. Some Things Just Never Change

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                             Dr John Christensen; Dr Stuart Fox

In Palm Beach County Florida another physician was sent off to state prison this month after being found guilty of narcotic drug pushing. And his daffy-doc buddy won’t be far behind.

Doctor Stuart Fox, age 65, walked out of Judge Dina Keever’s courtroom with his hands in shackles. He is merely one of more than 300 physicians nationwide convicted last year for drug-pushing – specifically in his case, Conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone.

The end of this sordid case – which began when Fox was arrested in 2013 –came 10 days after Judge Keever held off sentencing his former partner in crime, Doctor John Christensen. Christensen, also 65, had already confessed in court to being responsible for 2 patient overdose deaths, as well as Conspiracy to traffic narcotics.

A former Palm Beach County doctor, John Christensen was sentenced to just 1 year in federal prison on HealthcareFfraud. As part of a plea arrangement with state prosecutors, the federal sentence will serve as Christensen’s punishment for the overdose deaths of 2 patients, along with a Conspiracy to traffic oxycodone charge.

Christensen, who had owned and operated 3 clinics in Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach and  Port St. Lucie, also begins his prison term this month. Authorities said Fox worked at Christensen’s West Palm Beach office. Both MDs were arrested on July 11, 2013, on similar drug scheme charges.

Christensen was originally charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder, but the charges were reduced to Manslaughter in exchange for a guilty plea. He took responsibility for the deaths of Florence Garrett on Sept. 27, 2007, and Pawel Staniszewski on Aug. 7, 2008 – both residents of West Palm Beach. The former doctor was accused of prescribing oxycodone and an anti-anxiety drug to Garrett, and prescribing methadone to Staniszewski, before they died.

Here’s another look at this case:

http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/doctor-charged-murder-overdoses#stream/0

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8 thoughts on “Two More Doctor Drug-Pushers Locked Up. Some Things Just Never Change

  1. @GaryCPR says:

    Proof of a dysfunctional society.

    Am personally a fond believer in Bruce Alexander’s ‘Rat Park Experiment’ Addicted lab rats did not use drugs if stress was removed and were allowed to be creative. http://www.brucekalexander.com/articles-speeches/rat-park/148-addiction-the-view-from-rat-park

    The following live human study is creating needless stress, therefore an increases in drug use and abuse. Ten’s of thousands laypersons taught all the signs of opioid OD, then trained to give chest compressions only!!

    Dr. Aaron Orkin (Co-author 2015 AHA guidelines toxic ingestions) Leece P. et al ‘Development and implementation of an opioid overdose prevention and response program in Toronto, Ontario.’ CJPH 2013; 104(3)e200-4

    My response above article https://jgarythompson.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/response-cjph-20131043e200-4/

    Read email from Dr. Laurie Morrison co-author of above protocol found my moderated comments in Tim Noonan’s Blog ‘Proposed 2015 ACLS Chest compression only CPR vs conventional CPR Recommendation’ http://roguemedic.com/2015/02/proposed-2015-acls-chest-compression-only-cpr-vs-conventional-cpr-recommendation/

    All mad as hatters, don’t suffer a coma you may get the treatment.

    When the medical profession fails to follow the moral codes tis a sure sign the civilization is crumbling painfully.

  2. @GaryCPR says:

    Above comments are playing havoc with the Brothers and Sisters in the EMS field etc. Common quotes “Gary we are showing up to calls people damaged from chest compression’s they were never to receive on a regular basis” Say nothing living in fear, therefore not living.

    Jan 22, 2017 ‘First responders call for national strategy to tackle PTSD crisis’ http://www.cp24.com/news/first-responders-call-for-national-strategy-to-tackle-ptsd-crisis-1.3251919

    Quote Patrick McDonald ‘Paramedic Heretic’ page xvii “So what is the purpose of the Paramedic Heretic? Simple. It is time for somebody in my field of expertise to shout “gardyloo!” from the belfry. It’s time that you – health care’s ultimate consumer – gain the perspective of just how distorted our corner of medicine has become.”

    (Healthcare protocols need to) Stop feeding our women and children to a monster as it eats our very souls. Monster is just a bully full of hot air who lives in fear of wisdom.

  3. @GaryCPR says:

    It is a mental illness called Anosognosia! It is a severe form of denial. Anosognosia is quite different than simple or temporary denial. It is not simply denial of a problem, but the genuine inability to recognize that the problem exists. Usually this is caused by brain damage!

    January 19, 2017 Ontario Poison Control ‘Chest compressions only’ ‘Street Opioid Resuscitation Recommendations’ For the General Public
    http://www.ontariopoisoncentre.ca/pdf/72758-GenPubguidelines_naloxone_v2.pdf

    January 19, 2017 Ontario Poison Control ‘Respiratory assist (rescue breaths)’ ‘Street Opioid Resuscitation Recommendations’ For Pre-Hospital and Hospital Care
    http://www.ontariopoisoncentre.ca/pdf/72759-Hopsitalguidelines_naloxone_v2.pdf

    On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:58 PM, Margaret Thompson wrote:

    Dear Sir,

    I have no input into the Public Health training program.

    The Canadian Association of Emergency Medicine has a position statement on Bystander CPR which suggests that compressions should be initiated by all and those trained should include mouth-to-mouth.

    Sincerely,

    Margaret Thompson, MD, FRCP(C)
    Medical Director, Ontario & Manitoba Poison Centres

    All Canadians should respond and provide chest compressions (with or without mouth-to-mouth ventilation) whether they are trained or not, when an adult, child or infant suddenly collapses. Trained rescuers are encouraged to provide mouth-to-mouth after the initiation of chest compressions, especially in the case of children, infants, newborns.

    From: James Thompson [mailto:jgary.thompson@mail.utoronto.ca]
    Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:47 PM
    To: Margaret Thompson
    Subject: A concerned student

    Dr. Thompson:

    I took Toronto Public Health’s naloxone training Sept. 2, 2011. When I asked during the 30 minute one on one training about rescue breathing was told “chest compressions only is the new standard, for opiate O.D.”

    TPH has trained over 530 people this in Toronto, and they are teaching this algorithm all over the province. The only answer they give me is “its the new standard” I can’t find consensus anywhere.

    TPH’s Power Point does not mention rescue breathing. https://www.cpso.on.ca/uploadedFiles/members/Meth-conf-POINT-PP.pdf cf. Slide #23

    Please reply
    Yours truely

    My article Feb 17, 2017 Rogue Medic “We keep making excuses for solutions that are neat, plausible, and wrong. Why don’t we start acting like responsible medical professionals and do what is best for our patients?”
    http://roguemedic.com/2016/12/narcan-by-everyone-does-not-seem-to-be-such-a-good-idea/

    Thank you to Gary Thompson of Agnotology for linking to this for me. https://aliascpr.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/cpr-k-p-mcdonald-ems/

    Go read Response: ‘What happens when drugs become too powerful for overdose kits’ https://aliascpr.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/response-what-happens-when-drugs-become-too-powerful-for-overdose-kits/

    Don’t suffer any respiratory emergency in Ontario, Canada Laypersons are eagerly following orders in the belief they are saving lives.

  4. Klaudia says:

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