A doctor who owns two Houston-area pain management clinics has been charged with operating illegal “pill mills” that gave patients addictive pain killers. One of those patients was a man charged in a fatal crash that killed a family of four in Montgomery County earlier this month. The doctor who operates the pill mills faces 10 felony counts, each of which carries a two to 10 year prison sentence.
The horrific accident that killed a family of four occurred when a 68 year old man was driving on Texas 105. He struck the back of a Toyota Echo carrying a husband, wife, and their two preschoolers. The impact sent the car spinning into oncoming traffic, where it collided with a Jeep. The family in the Echo did not survive.
The man who hit the family has serious health issues, including a brain tumor and dementia. He had taken both hydrocodone and Valium the night before the crash and the morning of the crash. He had pill bottles in his vehicle from the doctor’s pill clinic. The doctor who had supplied the pills has not been charged with any crimes related to the crash.
The doctor who operates the pill mills is accused of prescribing more than 1,300 doses of controlled drugs over a seven-month period. He allegedly failed to follow proper procedures for those drugs, including by allowing unlicensed foreign medical students to write prescriptions without supervision. Police are investigating seven drug overdoses connected with the clinic.
These illegal pill mills may be found to have indirectly contributed to the deaths of the family earlier this month. The doctor may face civil charges and be forced to pay damages for those injured as an indirect result of his illegal practices. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, you may have legal rights that you may not be aware of. Call the Houston automobile accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Twitter.