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“WE ARE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, NOT STREET DRUG DEALERS“
BY WALTER F. WRENN MD
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE PEOPLE
On February 17, 2021, I was arrested and incarcerated. I was charged with crimes supposedly committed while practicing medicine. All my life, I knew that as an intelligent black man, I was a target. Many times I had to overcome institutional racism that came in many forms. In Junior high school, I was told by a counselor that I should change my course of study from academic to a commercial or industrial one and go to Overbrook High School so I would be able to get a job when I finished high school.
This occurred because I wanted to go to Central High School an academically superior school where 98 percent of its students graduated from college. My father went to see the principal the next day. His visit completely embarrassed the counselor and the principal, and of course, I did attend and graduate from Central High School. How many black students like me have changed their futures by bad advice?
How many counselors looked at black students as future laborers rather than physicians and lawyers? Was the advice I got from my counselor racism or ignorance?
We will never know.
Getting arrested and thrown in jail was a traumatic experience. However, I always considered myself to be a law-abiding citizen.
I also went out of my way to make sure I dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. When prescribing controlled medication, I made sure the patient was seen and there was documentation in their chart. I made sure that when I went on vacation, the physician covering my practice would not prescribe any controlled medication to my patients. I made sure I had a written contract with my patients’ prescribed controlled medications. I did urine drug screens. I did pill counts. I dismissed patients who were non-compliant or where there was evidence of diversion.
I went to Somerset and the El to see if any of my patients were there doing illegal activity. I listened to and investigated patients when I was told by my patients that some were selling drugs. In other words, I went above and beyond what was required because I knew I was a target.
Yet in spite of these precautionary actions, I was arrested and charged with a crime.
Being unfamiliar with the criminal justice system, I was immediately at a disadvantage. Unfortunately, my family also were unfamiliar, and as a result, bad outcomes were the result.
My daughter got the first recommended lawyer, who returned her call. The fee for negotiating my bail was $5000.00. She lived in Decatur, Georgia, and I was charged in Pennsylvania. Since I lived and was arrested in NJ, I had to be extradited to Pennsylvania. In a previous legal encounter with the federal government legal system, I went to the federal building with my attorney, was processed, and went home to await trial. Why wasn’t this process followed in my case? Was it racism?
My color hadn’t changed since 1980, when I had my previous encounter with the criminal justice system. Was this part of a tactic to achieve what seemed to be the goal of the prosecutor? Namely to put me out of business and secure a plea deal and keep his conviction rate high. The eventual outcome of my case would indicate that that was the goal.
LOOKING AT MY CASE
Let’s look at the case which led to my arrest. I had a 55-year-old white female I had treated for more than 20 years. I saw her on March 1, 2019. She has been prescribed the same medication, same dose, and same quantity she has been taking since 2014. She picked up her medicine on March 2, 2019.
She died on March 3, 2019. Toxicology showed she had cocaine in her system at the time of death. The prosecutor was able to find a physician who wrote that it was the combination of my medication, Oxycodone, Morphine Sulfate ER, Xanax, and Restoril, and the cocaine that caused her death.
A simple Google inquiry would show that the cocaine was the cause of death and not my prescribed medication. Cocaine and opiates do not work synergistically. That fact and that fact alone should have eliminated the charges of Drug Delivery Resulting In Death and involuntary manslaughter.
However, as I found out that truth and facts were not on trial, I was. Why? Was it because the prosecutors believed I was responsible for the death of my patient, or was it because of a collaboration between the prosecutor and the insurance company?
To answer that question, we would have to subpoena the correspondence between the prosecutor and Keystone First Insurance Company. We know from the criminal complaint and the expert witness report. Keystone First Insurance Company reported that I was the number one prescriber of benzodiazepines at about 77,000.
The nearest prescriber prescribed 33,000 benzodiazepines. I later found out that this combination of medications was considered to be part of the deadly triad and therefore considered dangerous. Had anyone asked me I could have told them that I had researched this prior to prescribing the combination and there were no clinical trials to prove that the combination was dangerous.
In addition, I had been prescribing this combination for 11 years without any adverse events. Had a careful evaluation of my patient been done they would also have discovered that she had several referrals as well as an MRI of her cervical and lumbar spine. She had surgery on her lumbar spine which resulted in her developing foot drop and urinary and bowel incontinence and an increase in her pain.
Over the 20 years of her treatment, I gradually and carefully increased her opiate pain medication. Finally, she stabilized on Oxycodone 20 my every 4 hours, Morphine Sulfate ER 90 every 12 hours, Xanax 2 mg every 8 hours, and Restoril 30mg at bedtime. She took this medication without any adverse events until March 3, 2019, when she combined it with cocaine.
Remember I mentioned that I was not familiar with the criminal justice system. Even though I hired an attorney, I was still at a disadvantage. When I was released from jail, it was with the condition that I surrender my medical license, my DEA license, and my passport and agree not to practice medicine anymore.
When I was released, I was given a paper indicating that I had a preliminary hearing on March 15, 2021. Not knowing anything about the importance of a preliminary hearing, I agreed to the conditions set forth by the prosecutor. To get the plea agreement, I had to waive my preliminary hearing.
What I didn’t realize at the time and what my attorney never told me was that the preliminary hearing was the only venue where I could question the charges and possibly get some or all discharged. Why then would my attorney let me agree to this? There may be a logical reason or a more sinister one.
Since the plea agreement eliminated jail time and the reason to go to trial so I wouldn’t go to jail, what was there to gain? The other is that my attorney would not have to prepare a case by accepting the plea deal. Was it a deal that favored me or the prosecutor and my attorney?
Logically you may say we all got something. I say the prosecutor still has his job. My attorney still has his career. However, as part of the plea deal, of no jail time, a $2000.00 fine, and five years probation, I had to give up my medical license and thus don’t have my job.
This is the story of Dr. Terence Sasaki, MD of Hawaii, who went to New York University Medical as a Resident in Neuro-Endo-Vascular Surgery.
And found himself ten years in the U.S. Federal Prison System, Accused of Crimes in places he had Never Been
“PRACTICING MEDICINE WHILE ASIAN“
“HOW THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS COME TO YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE“
The United States of America repeatedly wags its finger at other countries like China for their ethnic atrocities and boasts that it is the land of opportunity for all. But we who live in America know that it is a lie…a big lie.
Unlike Russia, America currently wages war against its own citizens, particularly those of color. This is not only those of low socioeconomic standing but also the United States’ most accomplished minorities.
Doctors of color have clawed their way out of the bucket of crabs through hard work, patience, and talent. But the United States rewards this well-earned success with incarceration for supposed drug dealing.
Just like the lie of American meritocracy, so is the drug war based on lies.
For example, the attached Ex. 1 DAWN (Drug Abuse Warning Network) Report, which supposedly showed the increasing danger of prescription drug misuse, exemplifies the pseudo-science used to support those lies. However, if you look at the fine print, you see, “A drug misuse death is defined as a drug-related death caused by drugs, overmedication, all other accidental causes, and where the cause could not be determined” (pg1 of 4). This means that if a piano falls on top of you, you are counted as a drug misused death.1
If that were not enough, “This report also includes all deaths related to drug misuse where an opiate (including natural and synthetic opiates) contributed to the death. Opiates include prescription pain medications and heroin, which is included because its metabolite cannot always be distinguished from the metabolites of other opiates.” This means that EVERYONE who died of heroin is assumed & included in statistics for drug misuse death that SAMSHA & the DEA claim was due to prescriptions written by physicians.
THE REPROBATES, A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
But that’s not all because “The drugs acquired through legitimate prescriptions cannot be differentiated from diverted prescription medications or illicit drugs because information on the source is unavailable.” This means there is no way to know whether misused drugs originate from theft of warehouses or trucks versus those prescribed by physicians. Indeed, the claim that “pill mills” are responsible for drug addiction, deaths, and morbidity is fake science.
There are a lot of problems with these so-called studies, such as that they used only six states to represent the entire country, as well as common myths as described on their website at the time (eg, the presumption of drug misuse was not even based on testing of blood or urine).2
THE DOJ, DEA, & SAMSHA ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DRUG CRISIS, DEATHS, & ADDICTIONS.
Nowadays, the DAWN report does not reveal to its readers the absurd assumptions that would reveal its deception. Why? Because of DEA & SAMSHA greed.
Since 2003 when this report was being fabricated, the DEA budget has increased from $1.892 Billion to $3.28 Billion in 2021, almost doubling by this point (https://www.dea.gov/data-and-statistics/staffing-and-budget).
But their real bonuses are seizures & forfeitures (eg; >$500Mil in a single year of just cash seizures).3 SAMHSA’s budget has increased from FY 2003 of $3.2 Billion4 to >$10 Billion in 2023, more than tripling.5
So the DEA & SAMSHA stole Billions from taxpayers, including minorities, based on lies, but they did not go to prison for fraud. They are white, get promotions and bonuses, & are called heroes, especially the more people of color they take down.
Instead, the DoJ, DEA, SAMSHA & others blamed successful minorities like doctors as scapegoats to take the fall for their fabricated drug crisis.
LOW HANGING FRUIT
Many still don’t feel they are getting the same treatment as me. Keystone First Insurance Company is spending some $33,000.00 less than when I was practicing.
Again I ask the question??? Was this racism or bad policy?
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Walter F. Wrenn III M.D.
FOR NOW, YOU ARE WITHIN
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