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Doctor acquitted in opioid case involving thousands of pills – Nova Scotia

A Nova Scotia physician accused of fraud and illegal ownership of tough narcotics has been acquitted of all fees.

Dr. Sarah Jones confronted 3 counts of fraud, one depend of illegal ownership of oxycodone, and one depend of fraudulently drawing a report associated with prescriptions in the title of a affected person, Merle Chase.

The Tantallon, N.S., physician have been on trial in provincial courtroom in Bridgewater. On Friday, Judge Timothy Landry discovered Jones now not responsible. 

The prosecution had alleged Jones wrote prescriptions for tens of thousands of opioid pills involving a unmarried affected person over an issue of months.

Crown legal professional Josh Bryson mentioned the verdict is “lengthy” and it is going to take time to head thru and come to a decision how the Crown will continue.

As with any case, the Crown now has 25 days to study the verdict and imagine an enchantment.

“There were a number of witnesses called, we felt we had a strong case, we presented the evidence that we had,” mentioned Bryson. 

“Ultimately, the criminal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt is a high standard, and ultimately Judge Landry was not satisfied that the Crown had met its burden and entered an acquittal accordingly.”

Jones didn’t discuss to the media following the verdict, however her attorney Stan MacDonald addressed journalists.

“It’s been a long road, but the decision is a solid decision, and she’s very pleased with the decision,” he mentioned.

Volume of pills ‘ridiculous’ 

The trial heard Jones would continuously acquire the pills from the drugstore and take them to the affected person. Bridgewater Superstore pharmacy supervisor Melinda Kerwin testified all over the trial that no different docs did that. Kerwin additionally mentioned the amount of pills was once “ridiculous” for a unmarried affected person.

The fees had been laid in 2016 after a police investigation into Jones’s job between January 2014 and August 2015. She at the beginning confronted fees of drug trafficking, however the ones had been withdrawn by way of the Crown.

In April, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia mentioned Jones remained underneath an period in-between suspension.

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