Tennessee Doctor Charged with Massive Opioid Fraud Scheme

A 45-count federal indictment was unsealed yesterday, charging Dr. Samson Orusa, 56, of Clarksville, Tennessee with maintaining a drug-involved premises; 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical practice; 13 counts of healthcare fraud; and nine counts of money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

  • There is so much wrong with this story and another reason why some patients feel they can't trust doctors. These patients would have been better off learning about alternative ways to treat their pain. Spinal Cord Stimulators would have been a great option instead of getting addicted to opioids and lining Dr. Orusa's pocket.

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This story is like an episode from the new season of Bosch.

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I want to know how many patients this doctor killed by prescribing these deadly drugs? Patients got hooked. If the prosecutors can prove the doctor was to blame for any patient's death, he needs to be charged with murder. Additionally, the DOJ should take his "earnings" from this scheme and use it to pay for the rehab these patients likely had to go through. Put the money to good use and take care of the patients who were affected.

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spinal cord stimulators are over-prescribed too. There are plenty of docs out there looking to implant a stimulator to make money. Not any different than this pill pusher. scs works great but patient selection and device selection is the most important. Too bad many of these docs are more concerned with their self interests than what's best for the patients.

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