LISTEN – Back from the dead –
July 31, 2020 – Following his coworker’s advice, Jason sought out the doctor but he knew something was very wrong the first time he walked into his office.
“I gave the lady at the front my insurance card and she gave me a packet of information and she also gave me some instructions on how to fill out the packet. The instructions … were having me write down symptoms I didn’t have to build a case, on paper, for a herniated disc with severe pain,” Jason described.
Jason’s father and grandfather both had history working in the medical field so he knew that falsifying prescriptions were illegal. But he also realized that he did need help. So he continued filling out the paperwork and was given 120 oxycontin pills.
So Jason began to take his prescribed medicine that was recommended to him by his doctor. Every time he went back though, he would get that same prescription but after the first visit, he was required to bring $1200 in cash to continue getting his pills.
Unbeknownst to Jason, he was getting advice from a doctor who was operating one of Utah’s largest opioid drug ring the state’s history. “Ultimately it got dismantled. It got raided and shut down. All of us that were going to this doctor … our supplier dried up,” Jason said.