Details Emerge in Case Against Operators of Tampa Pain Clinics Arrested

money%20and%20pills.jpg As part of the recent focus of a task force in the Tampa area, a physician and a physician’s assistant who owned and operated 8 clinics were arrested for health care fraud and drug trafficking charges.
The clinics, Neurology & Pain Centers, operated in Tampa , Lakeland , Sarasota , Orlando and Jacksonville . State officials say that prescription drug overdose deaths are now more prevalent than overdose deaths for street drugs such as heroin and cocaine. The Tampa area, according to State officials, is responsible for 25% of those deaths. The allegations contained in the indictment include that the PA, Troy Wubbenna, offered free drugs to a 17 year old to recruit other high school students and that the physician, Dr. Jeffrey Friedlander, signed blank prescription pads so that drugs, particularly Oxycodone and Oxycontin, could be dispensed when he was not around.
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