The length of time of both the federal trial and the jury’s deliberation in the case of Stephen and Linda Schneider reflected the complexity of the issues involved. In the end, the criminal wrongdoing at the Schneiders’ Haysville clinic was clear, including health care fraud and money laundering as well as prescription writing that more than justified the clinic’s reputation as a “pill mill.” To its credit, the jury held the Schneiders accountable for appalling practices that contributed to the overdose deaths of 10 patients, and perhaps many more. Sadly, though, as such cases bring to light how many people suffer daily with severe pain, they surely make it harder for physicians to help.
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