HEALTH

Lack of pain meds, insurance drove woman to heroin, prostitution

USA – There’s a video on an adult website that appears to be created by two truckers.  One is holding the camera and the other is about to have sex with a woman who may be in her 60’s.  She has no teeth.  She looks haggard.  Her voice is the husky one of a chronic smoker.  She’s wearing a bright purple dress that contrasts her pale white body and blonde hair.  As a younger woman the viewer gets the impression she may have been attractive.

The woman sprays her body before sex with what appears to be a bug spray after she strips naked.    The man inspects her body while the cameraman records.  He puts on a condom and the two screw.  She finishes him off with oral sex.  Afterwards she’s inteviewed by the man who recorded the action.   He wants to know, “what’s her thing?”  He assumes “meth.”  She says “heroin” and “ready.”   “Ready” is slang for “crack.”

The woman explains how her doctor stopped taking her insurance.  To replace paid meds she said, “I hit the dope.”

Former pain management physician James Lundeen was accused of being a drug dealer by attorney Richard Michael DeWine without proof.. A raid of his 12 offices didn’t produce any evidence of a crime. No federal or state prosecutor prosecuted him. Lundeen said DeWine drove thousands of the patients whose pain he managed to the streets in search of heroin.

EJBNEWS previously shared a 2015 telephone interview of Governor Richard Michael DeWine from a February 16, 2015 newsletter published by the Ohio Task Force Commanders Association.  The newsletter featured a story headlined, “Ohio state, local officials working to prevent ‘pill mills’.”

After DeWine took office in 2011 as the state’s attorney general he caused 61 doctors and pharmacists to lose their licenses based on publicity-driven claims they were improperly dispensing prescription drugs.  DeWine acknowledged in the interview that he played a role in creating the very fear among the state’s physicians that drove many to stop accepting clients like the woman in the video who required prescription narcotics to manage pain.

“We certainly don’t want to deny these pain medications to anybody who really needs them, but they can be very addicting.  Many times, these people who were addicted to pain medication would switch to heroin because heroin is cheaper. Babies are born to addicted mothers,” DeWine told the interviewer.

In 2015 Richard Michael DeWine was Ohio’s attorney general and accusing pain doctors of being drug dealers. He drove them out of business and their patients hit the streets for drugs and death.

Former Ohio pain management physician James Lundeen ripped DeWine in his appeals for targeting Ohio physicians for investigations without probable cause; and for conducting raids of physician’s offices for incriminating evidence that didn’t lead to prosecutions.   Lundeen has never been charged for any violations of law.  

Prosecutors across Ohio refused to prosecute DeWine’s cases because he was the only witness.  In Lundeen’s case, none of his patients complained.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Carter Stewart, reviewed DeWine’s referrals and chose to prosecute  two of the 61 physicians and pharmacists whose offices he obtained search warrants to raid:  Christopher Stegawski of Cleveland and John Randy Callihan of Portsmouth.  The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio didn’t prosecute any.   Local prosecutors didn’t pick up on the evidence DeWine gathered from his constitutionally-questionable raids.

Lundeen accused DeWine of fueling the state’s heroin overdose epidemic after he drove legitimate physicians out of Ohio who were treating Ohioans for pain.  DeWine, Lundeen said, made other doctors like the one the woman described too afraid to treat suffering patients.  Like her, they hit the streets for heroin.

Eric Jonathan Brewer
Author, Investigative Journalist, Speaker, Politician, Consultant

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