Painkiller Law: Compliance & Defense Tools for Lawyers Who Represent Physicians


The Centers for Disease Control have called opioid addiction, overdose and death a national epidemic. Fighting the epidemic has become a top national, state and local law-enforcement and regulatory priority. Doctors, hospitals, pharmacists and others are prime targets for criminal and civil enforcement. This course is an in-depth examination of the prescription drug crisis, comprehensive analysis of current risks facing clients, and a full toolbox of practical skills for lawyers who represent providers and hospitals in medication-related cases.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   The U.S. Prescription Drug Crisis – past, present and future
•   Targeting of Doctors by Law Enforcement
•   What Can Trigger a Criminal Investigation of a Prescriber
•   The Interrelationship Between Law Enforcement, Licensing, and Lawsuits
•   Helping Doctors Before They Get into Trouble

Date / Time: April 23, 2018

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Steve Meister, Esq. is a criminal defense lawyer, former prosecutor, and healthcare consultant. In 25 years of law practice Steve has tried almost every kind of criminal case, from DUI’s to the death penalty. His subspecialty is advising and defending healthcare professionals who are being investigated and criminally prosecuted for prescribing violations. Steve has co-founded Scripright Healthcare Consultants, LLC, along with his business partner Shuli Suman. ScripRight works proactively with doctors, pharmacists, hospitals and insurers before things go wrong, to help keep patients safe and practitioners out of trouble. Los Angeles-based ScripRight is equipped to serve clients anywhere in the world.

Steve is an expert legal commentator for television and radio news, and has been featured in over 600 broadcasts. He regularly lectures to national audiences on the issue of criminal law and the prescription drug crisis, and has taught constitutional law, legal ethics, trial tactics and other courses to lawyers around the country. In his free time, Steve is a competitive cyclist.

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Date originally recorded: March 15, 2018

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Section I. Overview of prescription drug epidemic – definition, origin, development and course, current state of affairs
a) Medicine’s earlier view of morphine derivatives (opioids) for chronic pain
b) How, why and when that view changed
c) FDA approval of opioids for chronic pain; medical board endorsement
d) Pharma marketing to patients and doctors
e) Skyrocketing prescriptions
f) Early signs of a problem
g) Evolution of the problem
h) The prescription drug crisis by the numbers

Section II. Government response to the crisis — federal, state, local, past and present
a) Demonize patients
b) Demonize doctors
c) Largely ignore Pharma’s role
d) Treat as a law enforcement/Drug War problem
e) CDC and White House Office of Drug Control Policy’s evolved approach to
f) Patients
g) State and local task forces; state prosecutions
h) Lack of federal prosecutions
i) Recent developments:
i. USDOJ initiatives
• District task forces
• “Statements of Interest” in state attorneys general litigation
• Targeting distributors and manufacturers

Section III. Legal issues for healthcare providers, healthcare institutions like hospitals and clinics, medical malpractice carriers, and attorneys working with any of these clients
a) Civil issues
b) Insurance and malpractice issues
c) Criminal issues
d) How all of these intersect, interplay, and impact one another
e) Hospital liability – criminal and civil, reputational and accreditation
f) Typical state-court criminal charges against doctors; how cases have taken shape; results for defendants
g) New federal initiative – looking at data first, not last
h) Typical response by lawyers, hospitals and insurers has been reactive
i) Best response by lawyers, hospitals and insurers is to be proactive
j) Impediment: money; out of pocket cost

Section IV. How lawyers working with these clients can proactively collaborate with clients and other lawyers to ensure best practices, client protection and effective representation
a) How to be proactive
b) What to look out for; warning signs, red flags, what to tell clients, how to collaborate with lawyers in other fields of expertise; how to best shield a doctor or hospital client