LDS seminary teacher charged with burglary, theft of prescription drugs

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  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    June 7, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    "Walk a mile in my shoes".

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    June 6, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    re: Shimlau

    I have had major dental work and generic lortab helped. Yet, The last couple of pills did not get used.

    You'd be surprised what some caffeine free green tea, advil, & a nap will do when feeling "under the weather"

  • AZnewser Snowflake, AZ
    June 6, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    In Arizona, we have the ability to check every patient on a prescription data base. I have often caught patient's who have been filling multiple prescriptions for narcotics from multiple doctors, which is illegal if they do not disclose this to me.

    Trust me, when I cut a whole in your gums, drill bone out from around your tooth, break your tooth into pieces, smooth the jagged edges of bone with a bone file, and then sew you back up, you are going to want some narcotic pain medication.

    It might surprise Dr. "brownderby" to learn that I graduated second in my class, and choose to live in a small town as a "generalist." The primary reason my patients choose not to visit a specialist for a root canal? It costs too much.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 6, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    Oops I meant scape goat, not escape goat...that gave me a good laugh for the day :)

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    June 6, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Many years ago on a thanksgiving, I had a very bad headache. I went to the medicine cabinet and found some tylenol 3 with coedine. I took 2 and went to dinner. when I got there, everyone was enjoying dinner and I sat and stared at my plate that was going around and around. My dear wife noticed that I wasn't eating and asked. after the 'gentle' reprimand. she grabbed our oldest son who was probably 12 at the time, and told him to walk me around until I acted normal. some hours later. we returned to a cold thanksgiving dinner and a much wiser me. since then, nothing stronger than 800mg ibuprofen. and it works.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 6, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    My heart aches for this man, who is probably respected and highly regarded in other aspects of his life. This is an unfortunate reminder that addiction knows no racial, religious, or socioeconomic boundaries. For those seeking to blame healthcare professionals, you are pointing the finger in the wrong place and not at the person who NEEDS to be accountable for the choice he made. To offer the abuser or addict an escape goat or crutch is to lend in the epidemic we call codependency. An addict has free will and a choice to change. Lets not pretend that these medications render them incapable of change. Only ONE thing will promote change, and that is when the pain caused by the consequences of their addiction exceeds the pain they're trying to escape with it. Only then can healing truly begin. There are MANY addictions, and blaming the source of the addiction is tantamount to blaming the sun for a sunburn. Accountability, love and support, with boundaries and consequences, and allowing the addict to face all the pain they've caused head on with no shield of excuses and superficial sympathy is the only way to recovery.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    June 6, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Addiction is horrible. Doctors/dentist need to be more responsible in prescribing these powerful medications. It is amazing how easy it is to get Loritab or Oxy for even minor pain. After my last minor surgery, I was given a prescription and never filled it and used 800mg of Advil instead.

  • brownderby Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 6, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    As an Endodontist, (specialist in root canal therapy) I saw many cases of abuse of narcotic pain meds. Frankly, most of these cases started innocently by general dentists failing to refer patients to Endodontists for this specialty treatment. Their failure to properly relieve pain and in many cases making it worse, led to them prescribing opiates rather than refer for reliable treatment. Good people then become addicted to these narcotics and become involved in the downward spiral of abuse.
    State licensure examinations are woefully inadequate to test for ability and also for understanding of alternative usage of non-narcotic medications. In the last ten years of my specialty practice, I rarely ever prescribed narcotics and then only in cases where the treatment had been started and terribly fouled up by unethical generalists.
    Remember this question - What do you call the dentist or physician who finished in the lower 10% of the graduating class. Answer -- Doctor!

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    June 5, 2013 11:30 p.m.

    Pharma has conspired and continues to conspire to create addicts (permanent customers). I used to think addiction to Rx products was an indication of low self-control or low moral character. Much wiser now, through sad experience, it is clear to me that the action of these products on the brain for many people robs them of the ability to NOT take them.

    I was one of those people who didn't believe this for many years, and judged others who fell into addiction. I am so sorry that I was deceived by pharma into believing this ridiculous lie.

    The action on the brain of certain chemicals renders some people powerless. It is so sad and absolutely crazy that we let it go on and on. Dr.s are destroying lives and are not accountable for it. We don't need opiates for most of the reasons they are prescribed. Not for wisdom teeth extractions, not for most post-surgical treatments. They should be RARELY prescribed and when prescribed, should be under a Dr care daily - watching closely for signs of dependence and addiction and switching meds at the first sign.

  • interested Logan, UT
    June 5, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    Great teacher and friend.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    June 5, 2013 10:01 p.m.

    Having been a prescription drug addict for ten years, I can understand why he would stoop so low. I would never have done that, but I do understand. That being said, he needs to go to jail after finishing his drug treatment program. We have our agency to choose what we want to do in this life, however we aren't free to choose the consequences.