Recently a 76 year old Montgomery County, Pennsylvania doctor was arrested for writing close to 1800 prescriptions for the narcotic Oxycontin. Authorities estimate that to be nearly 240,000 pills over the year to his patients. Dr. Richard Ruth is accused of turning his Souderton practice into a walk-in "pill-mill". Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reported the doctor would perform minimal examinations and the patient would walk out of the office with a prescription, as long as the patient brought cash. District Attorney Ferman stated that patients were still arriving at the doctor's office as police made their search, unaware the office had now become a crime scene.
At what point in a doctor's career does one decide to commit crime? In the case of Dr. Ruth, it was the second time he has made this decision. In 2005, the doctor lost his license for writing prescriptions but had his license restored in 2009. This bad decision will now have Dr. Richard Ruth facing charges of prescription fraud, identity theft and insurance fraud.
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