New Jersey Psychiatrist Joel Glass willfully fanned the flames of a deadly epidemic

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Burlington County Times
State officials: Evesham psychiatrist’s license revoked
By Rose Krebs
November 16, 2017

Psychiatrist Joel Glass

Psychiatrist Joel Glass

A Burlington County psychiatrist’s medical license has been permanently revoked after he prescribed massive doses of opioids, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs announced Thursday.

Joel B. Glass, 74, who had a practice in Evesham, allegedly prescribed tens of thousands of oxycodone pills to two patients over four years without justification and violated the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program. The program, which mandates that doctors conduct quarterly checks on patients prescribed Schedule II narcotics for acute or chronic pain, took effect in November 2016. Glass was the first physician to be cited under the regulations.

Earlier this year, the state Board of Medical Examiners ordered Glass to turn over his license and his federal Drug Enforcement Administration and New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances registrations, and to stop practicing and writing prescriptions.

Last month, the board ordered him to retire his license to practice medicine and deemed the action a permanent revocation. It also ordered him to pay a $25,000 penalty and $42,000 to cover the costs of the investigation.

“Dr. Glass has learned the hard way that when it comes to fighting the spread of opioid addiction and saving lives, we mean business,” Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said. “We will continue to identify and rid the medical profession of prescribers who willfully fan the flames of this deadly epidemic by flouting the laws and regulations in place to prevent these highly addictive prescription drugs from flowing unchecked into our communities.”

Glass allegedly indiscriminately prescribed high quantities of opioids and other drugs despite warnings from fellow doctors, pharmacies and insurance providers, according to the state.

The investigation began after the Vermont Board of Medical Practice alleged that Glass was overprescribing highly addictive medications to a patient who lived and was getting prescriptions filled in that state, according to officials.

The Vermont resident, an unidentified 42-year-old man, was prescribed 33,610 pills of oxycodone between January 2013 and April 2015 by Glass without any physical examination, the state alleges.

Glass also overprescribed drugs to four other patients, including a 43-year-old New Jersey woman. He allegedly prescribed 42,050 oxycodone pills to her between January 2012 and April 2017 without conducting any physical or diagnostic tests.

Even though several monitoring agencies and peer reviews flagged the dosages as excessive and/or inappropriate in some cases, Glass continued to prescribe the drugs.

New Jersey Psychiatrist Joel Glass

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