Austin, TX – Texas physician Linda J. Roos, M.D. was recently indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on the charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment, between September 2006 and July 2011, Dr. Roos prescribed 127,251 units of Schedule II narcotics to ten Kentucky residents. Schedule II narcotics are defined as drugs with a legitimate medical use, but also have a strong potential for abuse or addiction, including the opioids oxycodone and methadone.
On August 18, 2010, Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon ordered Roos to cease and desist from providing or rendering health care services in the Texas workers’ compensation system. The order stated that Dr. Roos engaged in conduct relating to delivery, evaluation or remuneration of health the agency found unreasonable and did not meet the standards of health care.
“The abuse and misuse of prescription drugs, including opioids, is a serious issue in the health care industry and the Texas workers’ compensation system,” said Commissioner Bordelon. “These announcements of indictments and prosecutions of doctors who over prescribe drugs are evidence of progress.”