Doctor Turns Herself In To Face 32 Drug Charges 6-22-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Doctor Turns Herself In To Face 32 Drug Charges 6-22-2010

A local doctor accused of prescribing thousands of unneeded painkillers has turned herself into federal authorities.
The WNEM TV5 Investigation Team has covered the story every step of the way, when the FBI first raided Dr. Ruth Ann Buck’s practice last year to when her patients started speaking out and asking for help tracking down the medical records taken from her office.
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Tuesday, TV5 were the only ones inside the courtroom as Buck was formally charged on accusations she handed out narcotic painkillers to patients who didn’t medically need them.
Buck pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.
Carl Marlinga, the former Macomb County prosecutor, said his client took risks when it came to helping her patients, but those risks got her in trouble. “The government shouldn’t be standing in between the doctor and itself when it comes to a question of what can I do to get rid of pain,” said Marlinga.
The doctor who once practiced in Thomas Township was charged with 32 counts of distributing a controlled substance.
According to the indictment, she prescribed more than 1.5 million doses of pain killers like Oxycontin and Vicodin.
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The U.S. Attorney leading the case against Buck, Shane Whaller, requested that Buck undergo random drug testing while out on bond.
Waller insisted to the judge in the case that Buck has a substance abuse problem.
The judge denied the request, set Buck’s bond at $75,000 and banned her from traveling outside of the state.
If convicted, Buck faces more than 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
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