1 View reader contributions and add your own related to this story. Sign in now to share your story. Sign in with FacebookSign in with Google+ Be first to contribute Add Videos or PhotosBe first to contribute Add Videos or Photos You’ve contributed successfully to: 36 years for ex-Ohio doctor in pregnant mom death Thanks! Check out your photo or video now, and look for it in USA TODAY online, mobile, and print editions. Your submission didnt go through. Please try again. Verifying your credentials… We’re experiencing a few technical issues. Try again By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY. Contributors agree to our Terms of Service and are responsible for the content of their videos and photos. Please report any content that violates the terms. 36 years for ex-Ohio doctor in pregnant mom death AP 2:18 p.m. EST December 20, 2013 Ali Salim pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. Ali Salim waits for deputies to escort him from the courtroom in Delaware, Ohio. (Photo: Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP) Delaware County Judge Duncan Whitney said that the crime was the worst he’s ever seen Deanna Ballman was nine months pregnant at the time with a girl Ballman died of a fatal heroin overdose SHARE 4 CONNECT 28 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) An ex-Ohio doctor was sentenced to 36 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to causing the death of an expectant mom forced to turn to prostitution to support herself and her two young children. Former emergency room doctor Ali Salim had faced up to 37 years in prison.
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Prominent pain doctor investigated by DEA after patient deaths
It was there, her husband said, that she got a steady and increasing supply of prescription painkillers. Soon after her first office visit, Bosley said “…she was hooked on the pain medicine, she needed it.” According to an analysis of her medical records — by a physician retained by the Bosleys’ attorney — about a year before her death, Carol Ann Bosley was taking a painkiller and an anti-anxiety medication, amounting to around 100-120 pills per month. Roy Bosley says his wife’s death is “the most horrible thing I’ve been through in my life.” By the time of her death, she was prescribed seven drugs, totaling about 600 pills per month. ‘Seriously flawed’ According to the same physician, this pattern was seen with other patients who received care at Lifetree. A separate medical malpractice claim , filed against Lifetree staff on behalf of a 42-year-old woman who died after receiving care at the clinic, describes her treatment for chronic back pain and headaches. According to the claim, in 2001 the patient was taking “…about 200 prescription medication pills per month, equating to about 6.5 pills per day.” Seven years later, “…at the time of her death she had been prescribed 1,158 pills per month, equating to about 41.4 pills per day.” What makes the allegations against Lifetree so stunning: Before it was sold in 2010, the clinic was run for more than a decade by Dr. Lynn Webster, an anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist who is considered a leading expert on how to safely prescribe opioids — drugs that act on the brain to dull a person’s perception of pain. Webster is president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and developed the “Opioid Risk Tool,” a checklist to help doctors siphon out legitimate opioid users from potential abusers. “Dr. Webster teaches a system that supposedly makes this treatment safe and effective,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. “But when you think about the fact that he’s had multiple deaths in his clinic from overdose, it suggests that the system he is teaching is seriously flawed.” Webster, and the deaths at his now-shuttered clinic, are the subject of an ongoing investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. CNN reached out to Webster for a response to allegations raised by former patients’ family members and, through a spokesman, he declined. According to that spokesman, who did not want to be named, Webster considers it, “…morally and ethically indefensible to comment openly on the intimate details of treatment of patients at his clinic.” But Webster did provide a statement: “It is a tragedy of the worst kind when a patient suffers from abject pain and dies, not from a result of treatment, but in spite of it. “Those of us at Lifetree Pain Clinic who treated patients with chronic pain know this firsthand; we grieve for the patients who passed as well as their families.” Deaths among Lifetree patients, allegedly because of overprescribing, occurred against a national backdrop of skyrocketing painkiller-related overdoses. Bruce Webb says his wife, Tina, showed obvious signs of painkiller dependence and abuse.