NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A doctor who formerly ran a pain management clinic in western Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 9½ to 19 years in prison for overprescribing painkillers, including to patients who had become addicted to them.
The New Castle News (http://bit.ly/16oMMAQ ) reports 62-year-old Dr. Van Edward Scott, of Muskegon, Mich., was sentenced Tuesday by a judge in Lawrence County, where he was arrested in April 2010.
State prosecutors said then that Scott prescribed 2.19 million doses of painkillers in one year, 60 percent more than any other doctor in the state. The pills, which are often re-sold individually, had a street value of $50 million.
Scott's attorney contends the doctor was a "burned out emergency room physician" who moved to western Pennsylvania and opened his clinic for a new start and didn't purposely set out to hurt anyone.
Information from: New Castle News, http://www.ncnewsonline.com