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Drug Doctor ‘Felt Sorry’ For Addicts

Can you believe this doctor??


By Noel Towell

November 26, 2008  An elderly Canberra doctor prescribed narcotics to drug addicts because he felt sorry for them, a medical tribunal has heard.

David Prosser admitted he inappropriately wrote scripts for highly addictive benzodiazepines and opiates for patients between 2004 and 2008, when he knew or should have known they were addicts.

The GP who practices at the Belconnen Medical Center, is fighting the ACT Medical Boards’ moves to cancel his registration.

During a two-day hearing in front of a Health Professionals Tribunal, the 78-year-old acknowledged he acted without “judgement and skill” in some of his prescribing.

Consultant psychologist Jennifer Thompson, who examined Dr. Prosser last month, said she believed Dr. Prosser felt sorry for some of the addicts who sought him out, and was unable to resist their demand for the powerful drugs.

“His attitude seemed to be that he was sorry for them and that he felt sympathy for their addictions,” Dr. Thompson told the hearing.

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  1. December 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    It’s too bad he didn’t just find a way to prescribe them bupe or methadone–which would have helped them and eased his conscience by allowing him to treat them.

    Its too bad that he’s going to lose his right to practice just because he felt sorry for addicts. It’s rare for someone in the medical profession to feel empathy for addicts these days.

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