Florida Doctor takes pill mill allegations to UN

March 5, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

The actions taken by a Florida doctor could have long-ranging effects that could eventually impact Scioto County.

Dr. Robert Ben Mitchell, DO, has sent a Letter of Allegation (LOA) concerning what he refers to as “the Florida Pill Mill Massacres (FPMM) which took place in the state of Florida from 2001 through 2011” to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.

Mitchell says the LOA charges the Florida Board of Medicine (allopathic physicians - MD’s) and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (osteopathic physicians - DO’s) failed to carry out their “legal, ethical and moral obligation to fully intervene in these massacres to their fullest capacity and with their fullest authority.”

In the LOA, Mitchell refers to “their voluntary, inappropriate inaction resulting in the unnecessary deaths of an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 people during the FPMM.”

Mitchell produced a 35-page document which he says is a full description of the duties of various boards and what he believes they did and didn’t do in response to the so-called Florida Pill Mill Massacres.

Portsmouth continues to be a part of the corridor that runs from Michigan, down through Ohio, Kentucky, and eventually into Florida where drugs are moved across those regions. Scioto County, through an ordinance by Portsmouth City Council, and passage of a bill statewide, closed down the last of what had been 11 pain clinics (pill mills).

“Based upon what I am presenting to you here, I respectfully request that you, Mr. Anand Grover, the United Nations Human Right Council’s Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, in accordance with the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, ask that the Prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Court hereby investigate and, if appropriate, indict both the Florida Board of Medicine (MD) and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) on the charge of Complicity In Genocide for their failure to fully, effectively, and in their full authoritative capacity intervene in The Florida Pill Mill Massacres of 2001 through 2011 within the State of Florida, USA,” Mitchell said in his correspondence to the U.N.

As a part of the document, Mitchell presents a history and allegations.

“The Florida Pill Mill Massacres (FPMM) spanned approximately from 2001 to 2011, covering a decade and costing thousands of lives. This period was marked by physicians illegitimately prescribing opioid pain medications to their patients in exchange for money. These prescriptions were often written in excessive amounts, in dangerous combinations with other drugs such as muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety medications, and sleep aids, and they were sold to people who often had no legitimate medical need for such treatment. In turn, the people who received these prescriptions would sometimes use the medication themselves, or sell some or all of them to others as a means of earning money. Whether used by the original patient or bought by others on the street, these prescribed drugs were highly addictive and, therefore, very difficult to stop using once started, resulting in massive repeat business for the prescribing physicians.

In addition, repeated use of these opioids caused tolerance to develop within these patients, so that the original dose no longer produced the desired effect or feeling of euphoria as treatment continued. This meant not only repeat business for the physicians because of the addictive nature of these drugs, but that those they prescribed to would continue to need escalated dosages of opioids when they returned. So, these doctors were developing a captive audience that demanded more of their product - pain medications - as time when on. Unfortunately, elevated dosages of opioids carry the risk of respiratory depression and death, so that as business boomed and the drug sales mounted, the death toll from overdoses escalated, also. Why would any doctor knowingly do harm to their patients? Money…”

In 2010 Mitchell sent a letter to Robert Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“I am writing to you, Director Mueller, on behalf of all of the thousands of people who have died in Florida under Governor Charlie Crist’s administration, and the tens of thousands of people who died under Governor Jeb Bush’s administration. These deaths have been documented annually by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Medical Examiner’s Report of Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons (available online),” Mitchell wrote. “During this past decade, the primarycauses of all of these deaths have been prescribed pain medications, predominantly those prescribed under the guise of pain management.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com.