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Not my doctor!

By   /   March 31, 2011  /   Comments

I opened up my newspaper and got a shocker this past weekend.  Actually, my wife saw the article first and told me about it.  There it was.  The young doctor that I trusted and had a great deal of respect for had been arrested for alleged misuse of prescription drugs. His wife was arrested, too. The police said she was trying to get Endocet from a local druggist under suspicious circumstances and the druggist called the police on his wife.  Once he found out about it, he then turned himself in.

Since my wife and I are not drug users, we often wonder who around us are users.   When we find out, it is quite a shocker to us.  Now, I am wondering who else that we deal with on a daily basis is also on these terrible things that ruin a lot of people’s lives.

My pain management doctor just prescribed Percocet for me and I just had the prescription filled.  I have not taken one pill yet and have decided not to do so, as a result of this incident with Dr. Phillips.  Heck, I take so many different drugs for many different health problems that I could get picked up with that medicine not in the prescription bottle and I, too, could get arrested.  I surely don’t want anything like that happening.

The main reason that I am writing this article this week is to warn you to always carry your prescriptions in the bottles that you receive from the pharmacy — and not do what I have been doing … up to the time that I read this article on Dr. Phillips.  I have been very careless and I know better about what you can and cannot do regarding the carrying of your medicine.  It is illegal to just carry your meds in a pill case that does not show all the facts on it.  Your pill bottle states what the drug is, when it was prescribed and by who, and all the other facts about the drug.  This gets to be quite a problem when you have as many prescriptions as I do, but it is the law, and unless you don’t mind hunkering down in one of those very small cells at the local jail, you had better mind your p’s and q’s.

Well, tomorrow is Monday and I guess my first order of business is to find a new quarterback general MD to take the place of Dr. Phillips.  I imagine that he will be out of business for awhile.  What a darn shame!  I had finally found a new young smart doctor that I really liked and trusted.

Young people, think about what you are doing and stay away from drugs.  You’ve heard it from your parents and now you are hearing it from Uncle Ted.  Be smart.  Don’t throw away everything that you have worked so hard to get.  If you are a doctor, think of what else you are also throwing away … and that is a lot of mom and dad’s money. I hope that Dr. Phillips will be able to keep his MD license but I am not sure what the law will require in a case like this.  I know of other doctors at that got involved in drugs and somehow remained as doctors in spite of that.  I certainly am willing to give Dr. Phillips a second chance and will welcome him back.

AndersonnewWritten by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at aj@thealbanyjournal.com.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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