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Virginia Doctor Convicted of Decade-Long Drug Distribution Conspiracy

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An Arlington County physician has been convicted on all however one rely of oxycodone distribution in a 21-count indictment naming her as a part of decade-long drug distribution conspiracy, Salvador Rizzo reports for the Washington Post. Prosecutors mentioned Kirsten Van Steenberg Ball ignored years of warnings from Virginia well being regulators and traditional indicators of drug abuse from sufferers who had been reselling a few of their capsules and “flooded” Virginia with greater than 1 million oxycodone capsules she prescribed. Ball testified at her trial in U.S. District Courtroom in Alexandria that she saved prescribing oxycodone to sufferers who failed drug assessments, shared capsules with others in violation of prison legal guidelines or uncared for to supply documentation that she requested. An undercover FBI agent testified that he saved acquiring oxycodone prescriptions from Ball in spite of everything of these lapses. Ball conspired with former sufferers and one worker, to whom she prescribed greater than 700 capsules of 30-miligram oxycodone in a single week in 2019. Ball faces the potential for a long time in jail.

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