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Nurse Practitioner Called a Drug-Dealer at Sentencing

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Nurse Practitioners in Alabama are required to have physician collaboration. However, at Lillian Akwuba, skirted this law and others when she prescribed controlled substances to patients who didn't need it and forged the signatures of physicians. She's been sentenced to 10 years in prison and called a "drug dealer." Find out more about this story. You are reading page 2 of Nurse Practitioner Called a Drug-Dealer at Sentencing. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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51 minutes ago, Emergent said:

She'll probably get out sooner than 10 years. These pill pushers deserve jail time. A 10 year sentence assures she'll definitely get a few. I have more respect for a street dealer than someone who uses the cloak of the medical establishment to get people hooked. 

As for her race, it's obnoxious to bring out the race card for every time a black person is involved, especially having not seen the trial.  The judge made one comment you didn't like, don't let it push your buttons. I'll bet some black folk were victimized by that woman!

I didn't read that she was foreign born, only that they wanted her passport before she got bail, standard operating procedure for everyone. If she is, shame on her for coming to this country and breaking the law. People like that give immigrants a bad name. 

 

No it's not obnoxious and there was no "race card" but having seen you get offended for no reason in the thread about race I'm going to leave you be because nothing I say is going to stop your willful ignorance on race. You're the one who felt the need to focus on race because it was a statement that was followed by sarcasm but you missed that so you can jump on your ragged soapbox. Burn it.

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On 6/3/2019 at 8:41 AM, Melissa Mills said:

Ross feels that Akwuba is at higher levels of blame compared to Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to five counts and was sentenced to serve more than 12 years in prison.

Why she is more to blame than the doctor? I don't think so! Akwuba was working under a doctor (Sanchez) where she learned to "beat the system." Sanchez was supposed to be collaborating with Akwuba in the first place and he set her up to go down. Limiting the scope of practice for nurse practitioners is not going to solve the problem especially if the nurse practitioner end up working for a scam artist. 

However, I do believe that Akwuba was unethical in her treatment of patients. I do not believe she is an innocent party but more guilty than the doctor? I don't think s o. 

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9 hours ago, Msn1971 said:

Why she is more to blame than the doctor? I don't think so! Akwuba was working under a doctor (Sanchez) where she learned to "beat the system." Sanchez was supposed to be collaborating with Akwuba in the first place and he set her up to go down. Limiting the scope of practice for nurse practitioners is not going to solve the problem especially if the nurse practitioner end up working for a scam artist. 

However, I do believe that Akwuba was unethical in her treatment of patients. I do not believe she is an innocent party but more guilty than the doctor? I don't think s o. 

Exactly!

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20 hours ago, NurseBlaq said:

A. I didn't say she was more harshly "punished" I said "more to blame and more dangerous", see quotes above. My post wasn't pointing out the sentence, it was pointing out the rhetoric used when speaking on Akwuba when both she and Sanchez share the same blame and done the exact same thing. . Yes, both should have been "punished" which I also pointed out.

Now what else don't you understand about what I said?

 

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My question to you is why is the nurse more dangerous and more to blame that a doctor who did the SAME crime? Why should a nurse be held to higher standard than a physician? THAT is what I don't understand. Also, please explain to me how punishing nurses who are following the rules by limiting their abilities to practice ethically. Thanks. 

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"However, these stories are few and probably shouldn’t be used to set precedence for future laws. But, we all know what one bad apple can do to an entire bag, right?

What do you think should happen to Akwuba, and where did this situation go wrong? Share your thoughts below."

She is a drug dealer. She passes out unnecessary and forged prescriptions for money (forgery is a FELONY. hello.)

They aren't "rare". Pill Mills have that name for a reason.

She's a drug dealer. So is the doctor. Same punishment for both is reasonable.

Do I need to repeat myself that she is a drug dealer?

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8 hours ago, Msn1971 said:

My question to you is why is the nurse more dangerous and more to blame that a doctor who did the SAME crime? Why should a nurse be held to higher standard than a physician? THAT is what I don't understand. Also, please explain to me how punishing nurses who are following the rules by limiting their abilities to practice ethically. Thanks. 

Who are you speaking to? It would help if you quoted the post you're referring to.

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On 6/6/2019 at 2:53 PM, TitaniumPlates said:

"However, these stories are few and probably shouldn’t be used to set precedence for future laws. But, we all know what one bad apple can do to an entire bag, right?

What do you think should happen to Akwuba, and where did this situation go wrong? Share your thoughts below."

She is a drug dealer. She passes out unnecessary and forged prescriptions for money (forgery is a FELONY. hello.)

They aren't "rare". Pill Mills have that name for a reason.

She's a drug dealer. So is the doctor. Same punishment for both is reasonable.

Do I need to repeat myself that she is a drug dealer?

She isn't the only "drug dealer" just the only one labeled as such but go off though.

The willful ignorance and obtuseness is strong in this thread. 🙄

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Way back before the opioid crises was even a thing a local Physician in our community was arrested and charged with running a pill mil. In many respects we thought of him as a great doctor. Saw patients at all hours, even from his home office. If you didn't have insurance he charged a fair price. It was a surprise to many of us that he had prescribed more Vicodin in one year than any other physician in the country. I remember because at the time I was in the throws of my own addiction and just starting on the road to recovery. My thought at the time was how I didn't know this?

Anyway people who abuse their licenses and the trust of the public should be labeled Drug dealers because that is whet they are. 

BTW the physician described above got 15 years.

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8 hours ago, NurseBlaq said:

She isn't the only "drug dealer" just the only one labeled as such but go off though.

The willful ignorance and obtuseness is strong in this thread. 🙄

Agreed that she is the only one labelled as such.

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On 6/6/2019 at 2:04 AM, Snatchedwig said:

A. I didn't say she was more harshly "punished" I said "more to blame and more dangerous", see quotes above. My post wasn't pointing out the sentence, it was pointing out the rhetoric used when speaking on Akwuba when both she and Sanchez share the same blame and done the exact same thing. . Yes, both should have been "punished" which I also pointed out.

Now what else don't you understand about what I said?

 

On 6/6/2019 at 12:35 PM, Msn1971 said:

My question to you is why is the nurse more dangerous and more to blame that a doctor who did the SAME crime? Why should a nurse be held to higher standard than a physician? THAT is what I don't understand. Also, please explain to me how punishing nurses who are following the rules by limiting their abilities to practice ethically. Thanks. 

 

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@Msn1971I was summarizing the OP article in that quote, not that I think she's more dangerous or more to blame than the doctor. It was also me correcting someone on what I originally said because some folks in this thread pretend to not comprehend the concept of the OP article and purposely misquoted what I said to try to make fake rants relevant.

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