|May 15, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that Dr. Malcom Colbern Foster has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of operating an unlicensed pain management clinic in Port Richey. Each count is a third degree felony, and Dr. Foster has been sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison followed by five years of drug offender probation with no early termination. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dr. Foster on pill mill related charges after an investigation revealed that more than 78-percent of Dr. Foster's patients were receiving controlled substances for pain. The investigation also revealed that Dr. Foster had prescribed more than 1.3 million opiod-based pills (Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Oxymorphone, Methadone, Hydromorphone and Hydrocodone). Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted Dr. Foster.
“While we have made great strides in the fight against prescription drug abuse, this conviction proves that our work is not yet done,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “We have seen a downward trend in prescription drug related deaths, and we must remain diligent in our efforts to end prescription drug abuse and hold pill mill doctors accountable.”
"Malcolm Foster's actions led to the destruction of lives and families in Pasco County. The hard work of our Pasco Sheriff's detectives helped to bring to justice this drug dealer who was masquerading as a doctor," stated Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.
Since 2010, Florida has experienced a 52 percent decline in oxycodone deaths. When Attorney General Bondi took office, 98 of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone nationwide resided in Florida. Today, none of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone resides in Florida. To read more about her efforts to combat prescription drug abuse, follow this link: http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/AA7AAF5CAA22638D8525791B006A30C8