Alaska Doctor, Nurse Practitioner Face Charges For Mass Opioid Distribution

An Alaska doctor and nurse practitioner are facing separate federal narcotics charges for allegedly distributing “large amounts of opioids and other powerful narcotics by writing prescriptions for ‘patients’ without medical examinations and lacking medical necessity,” the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Jessica Joyce Spayd, an Anchorage resident who owns a medical clinic in Eagle River, Alaska, and Dr. Lavern R. Davidhizar, a licensed osteopathic physician who owns a clinic of his own in Soldotna, Alaska, could each face prison time for up to 20 years for what U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder described as “the creation of addicts, crime, and sometimes death.”

Both allegedly gave out prescriptions to individuals without medical examinations, or when it was unnecessary. 

Serious Allegations of Overprescribing Pills

Spayd, 48, is accused of prescribing more than four million dosage units of opioid narcotics between 2014 and 2019 to more than 450 supposed patients, which the Justice Department alleges resulted in the death of two individuals. The DOJ said it is continuing to investigate Spayd’s alleged unlawful distribution. She faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years to life in federal prison for the most serious charges alleged in the complaint, the DOJ said.

Davidhizar, 74, is accused of

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