Class Action Commenced against Toronto Psychiatrist for Over-prescribing Narcotics

From: http://psychiatrybuster.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/class-action-commenced-against-toronto-psychiatrist-for-over-prescribing-narcotics/

 

Class action commenced against Toronto Psychiatrist for Over-prescribing Narcotics

 

From: “angela bischoff” <greenspi@web.ca>

Date: September 10, 2008 10:09:30 PM EDT (CA)

To: can-survive@lists.riseup.net

Subject: [can-survive] Class Action Commenced against Toronto Psychiatrist for Over-prescribing Narcotics

Reply-To: can-survive@lists.riseup.net

 

Class Action Commenced against Toronto Psychiatrist for Over-prescribing Narcotics

TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ –

On August 12, 2008, the law firm of Rochon Genova LLP issued a class proceeding against Dr. Eddie Kingstone, a Toronto psychiatrist. The claim alleges that between 1996 and 2006, Dr. Kingstone negligently prescribed his patients medications including narcotics, benzodiazepines, and anti-psychotics in combinations and dosages which he knew or ought to have known would lead to drug dependency and addiction.

The claim has been filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

The proposed Representative Plaintiff, Dianne Moore, was a successful account executive for a major corporation prior to becoming a patient of Dr. Kingstone. Ms. Moore alleges that after she became a patient of Dr. Kingstone, he treated her with medications, including narcotics, benzodiazepines, and anti-psychotics. As a result of Dr. Kingstone’s treatment, Ms. Moore alleges that she developed a serious and life-threatening drug dependency and addiction to those medications.

Ms. Moore brings this action on her behalf and on behalf of all other patients of Dr. Kingstone for whom he prescribed various medications, including narcotics between 1996 and 2006.

Ms. Moore said, “This lawsuit will hopefully help several hundred

patients regain some part of their lives which they lost to drug dependency and addiction. I hope this will be a message to Dr. Kingstone and other doctors about the dangers of over-prescribing these medications and the harmful effects on their patients.”

Susan M. Vella and Patricia A. LeFebour of Rochon Genova LLP are lead counsel for the Plaintiff in this proposed class proceeding. Ms. Vella stated,

“Through the courage of Ms. Moore, we are hopeful that other patients of Dr. Kingstone will come forward to be a part of this class proceeding.

Addiction and drug dependency are terrible hurdles for these patients to overcome. A class action is the most effective way for these patients to obtain access to justice in reclaiming their lives and to alter the behaviour of physicians who prescribe these medications.”

In 2006, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario found that Dr. Kingstone committed acts of professional misconduct in relation to his prescribing of narcotics, and controlled drugs and substances to 23 patients.

The allegations raised in the claim have not yet been proven in court.

The plaintiff and the prospective class members are represented by the Toronto based law firm of Rochon Genova LLP.

For further information: Rochon Genova LLP, 121 Richmond St. W, Suite 900, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2K1, Telephone: (416) 363-1867 or toll-free:

1-866-881-2292, Website address: www.rochongenova.com

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dan on July 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    The Dangerously Euphoric Violet Delight

    Often, medications for pain are made from what are called opoid plants. These purple-flowered plants produce poppies that are used in the production to make the analgesic, opium.

    Poppy plants exist and are grown in areas of Asia. The country of Afghanistan is the number one producer of poppy plants. The United States is the number one country that consumes what is derived from these plants.

    Opium is what we in the U.S. call narcotics, and they essentially dull and numb those in pain who ingest these opium-based medications. The narcotics are the drugs of choice for pain management.

    Some narcotics are from natural opium, such as cocaine. In addition, the opiates from the poppy seeds can be used to create semi-synthetic narcotics, such as Heroin. Heroin was marketed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals for 12 years, and during that time this company told potential users of Heroin that it is a non-addicting form of morphine (pure opiate drug).

    This was believed to be a welcome relief for those many soldiers who became addicted to morphine after the U.S Civil War. During that same period of time, Bayer marketed heroin for other medical conditions, such as young children with coughs.

    Of course, we now know that Heroin is very addictive in fact. Ironically, Morphine has been given to Heroin addicts who are recovering.

    Opium-derived medicines once could be bought freely in the U.S. by anyone less than 100 years ago. Yet now, they are classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency as narcotics, and are scheduled accordingly to monitor and limit the use of such drugs by others, as there is a very real element of danger with narcotic usage by others.

    Internationally, the opium trade has been actively placed throughout the world. Historically, brutal force has been implemented by various nations to control what opium plants provide that others desire, as there is a pleasant euphoria experienced by the consumers of narcotics in addition to relieving pain.

    While prescribed to patients for such issues aside from pain on occasion, such as chronic coughing and diarrhea, the intended use of opium drugs is for pain management. Vicodin, which is comparatively a mild narcotic, is the most frequently prescribed and abused drug in the United States presently out of the narcotics available by prescription.

    Overall, there are about 10 opium-based medications available, and each has a length of effectiveness after administration for a period of about 4 hours

    If patients take opium-derived drugs for long periods of time, tolerance may develop with such patients. When this occurs, this patient needs and desires more of the opiate medication to acquire a level of relief.

    As a result, such patients may develop a dependence on these types of drugs, which is what often leads to addiction and possible abuse of the narcotic drug. This is why overdose of these types of drugs have occurred.

    The reasons for taking these drugs initially become replaced with a desperate need for relief due to addiction in some who take narcotics for a long period of time.
    http://www.hazelden.org
    Dan Abshear

    Reply

  2. Hi,

    This is the assistant editor for Hospital.com which is a medical publication offering hospital news,

    information and reviews. We also cover a wide variety of medical issues, one of which being Pain Management.

    You will notice one of the many articles on this topic on our homepage. If possible I would like Hospital.com

    to be included within your blog roll, offering our information as a resource to your readers. Please let me

    know if this addition can be made.

    Please email me back with your URL in subject line to take a step ahead and to avoid spam.

    Thank you
    Mary Miller,
    may.hospital.com@gmail.com

    Reply

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