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Physician who sold 49,896 pills convicted in drug trafficking conspiracy

January 30, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Physician who sold 49,896 pills convicted in drug trafficking conspiracy

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A former Florida physician has been found guilty of participating in an extensive drug trafficking conspiracy that reached Bay County.

On Wednesday, a jury in Jackson County jury convicted David Arthur Flick guilty of two counts of conspiring to traffic in oxycodone, one count of conspiring to traffic hydrocodone, and six counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance, the News-Herald reported.

Testimony outlines a nine-month drug trafficking conspiracy in which Flick, from his Marianna residence, would make “patients” prescriptions for controlled substances in exchange for money or recruitment of other patients. In that time period, which spanned from February to November 2015, Flick wrote more than 1,000 prescriptions, which totaled 49,896 pills.

Court documents indicated that Flick, his live-in girlfriend, and others recruited individuals, predominantly opioid addicts from Bay County, to travel to his residence to pay $175-$300 in exchange for prescriptions for a variety of substances including hydrocodone, oxycodone, Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, Subutex, and methadone. Other co-conspirators were encouraged by Flick to take half of the pills once the prescription was filled in exchange for the introduction to the doctor or in exchange for the ride to his residence.

Witnesses said Flick also forced them to give a portion of the drugs to his girlfriend as part of a kickback pot.

Flick allegedly did not conduct exams before filling out the prescriptions, with one witness stating “It was the easiest thing I ever did.” Some also claimed that the ease of access worsened their addictions.

“Another described the process as being easy to access to substances and a way to receive a prescription for a quantity of 90 Oxycodone in exchange for $200 instead of the $40-$60 a pill they had been paying ‘off the street’” court records revealed.

Witnesses also indicated Flick knew some patients were dealing drugs on the street but proceeded to fill out the prescriptions. Evidence also revealed that he had traded prescriptions for crack cocaine and other illegal drugs and had watched “patients” snort or intravenously use the drugs he administered.

“Expert testimony from Reuben Hoch revealed that a review of the files of David Flick showed that the doctor was ‘grossly inadequate’ in his record keeping and in the practice of pain management,” court records revealed. “Dr. Hoch detailed troubling details regarding the review of the files and stated that Flick had been regularly prescribing patients a combination of opioids and benzodiazepines, a lethal cocktail of substances, which could have led to the patient’s death if taken as prescribed.”

The jury took a little more than an hour to find Flick guilty on all counts. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 13th.

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