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Doctor acquitted in opioid case involving thousands of pills

Doctor acquitted in opioid case involving thousands of pills
From CBC - October 13, 2017

A Nova Scotia doctor accused of fraud and unlawful possession of powerful narcotics has beenacquitted of all charges.

Dr.Sarah Jones faced three counts of fraud, one count of unlawful possession of oxycodone, and one count of fraudulently drawing a document related to prescriptions in the name of a patient, Merle Chase.

The Tantallon, N.S., doctorhad been on trial in provincial court in Bridgewater.On Friday, Judge Timothy Landry found Jonesnot guilty.

The prosecution hadalleged Jones wrote prescriptions for tens of thousands of opioid pills involving a single patient over a matter of months.

Crown attorney Josh Brysonsaid the decision is "lengthy" and it will take time to go through and decide how the Crown will proceed.

As with any case, the Crown now has 25 days to review the decision and consider an appeal.

"There were a number of witnesses called, we felt we had a strong case, we presented the evidence that we had," said Bryson.

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