Opioid Overdoses

A former anesthesiologist was properly convicted of manslaughter for prescribing opioids to two patients who overdosed on the drugs, a New York appeals court ruled. Other patients and their families testified that his pain management clinic was essentially a “pill mill” where he excessively prescribed addictive drugs and ignored patients’ abuse of the meds. 

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Religious Beliefs

A father was properly convicted of manslaughter for the death of his 12-year-old daughter, an Oregon appeals court ruled. The man and his wife did not seek medical care for their child, who died of ketoacidosis. The lower court properly introduced evidence the man avoided traditional medical care due to his religious beliefs and “looked to God to heal the body.”

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