Prominent Michigan Doctor Accused of Overprescribing Opioids

It’s hard to win the fight against the opioid crisis if one of the top doctors tasked with winning it is part of the problem. But in Michigan, Dr. David Neff, D.O., a doctor who has won awards for his work combating the opioid epidemic, is now facing multiple accusations of negligence, improperly prescribing and overprescribing opioids. Neff, who last year received the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians 2018 Friend of Family Medicine Award, has yet to respond to complaint filed against him May 1.

Award-Winning Doctor Violated Several Rules for Prescribing Opioids, Complaint Alleges

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Gongwer News Service, we now know that on May 1, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) filed a complaint against Dr. David Neff. The complaint contains multiple accusations of neglect and failure to properly and safely prescribe opioids, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The complaint involves several patients at Neff’s private medical practice of about 85 patients. 25 percent of the patients at Neff’s practice are under palliative care, battling terminal or serious illness and related chronic pain. In addition to his part time practice,

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