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Follow The Money (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Following the money explains the opioid crisis and explains why it has been allowed to continue. read more >
Doctors at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village have been prescribing pain treatments as alternatives to opioids, including physical therapy, according to David Mantz, the hospital’s CEO.
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Delta Hospital Takes Opioids to Court

Hospitals in the Arkansas Delta are fighting the opioid epidemic with every weapon at their command, including a little-noticed lawsuit by a Monticello hospital against the larger opioid manufacturers. read more >
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Richard Johns Sentenced to 9 Years for Selling Painkiller Prescriptions

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller sentenced Richard Johns to serve 108 months – exactly nine years – for his admitted crime of selling fraudulent painkiller prescriptions. read more >
Dr. Richard Johns of Practice Management Services Inc. of Little Rock.
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Richard Johns Set for Sentencing on Aug. 30Lock Icon

Richard Johns, the former Little Rock doctor who pleaded guilty in March to his part in a conspiracy to distribute fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone, is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller on Aug. 30. read more >
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World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

One afternoon provided two exercises in compartmentalization: Richard Johns' plea agreement and the indictment of former state Sen. Jon Woods and Oren Paris III. read more >
Clockwise from left: Richard Johns, Aron Scot Cochran and Marissa Scroggins
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More Guilty Pleas Made in Richard Johns Pill Mill Case

As expected, David Larue Scroggins of Cabot pleaded guilty last week to buying and reselling fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions from Richard Johns read more >
Dr. Richard Johns of Practice Management Services Inc. of Little Rock.
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Misconduct Allegations Shadowed Richard Johns

Richard Johns, the internist who pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone prescriptions, first appeared in Arkansas Business in September 2012 for a completely different reason: read more >
Chuck Graham, Lonoke County prosecutor, originally prosecuted Dr. Richard Johns who is pleading guilty in Federal Court to operating a painkiller pill mill.
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One Bad Doctor: Richard Johns Pill Mill Scheme Leads to Death of One, Ensnares Dozens

By the end of this month, at least 52 people will have pleaded guilty to being a part of what prosecutors believe are the largest drug rings ever busted in both Lonoke and White counties, including the one bad doctor who was the indispensable element: Richard Duane Johns. read more >
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Richard Johns Pleads Guilty In Pill Mill Conspiracy

Richard Johns' wife, children and priest watched as he tearfully pleaded guilty to taking money in exchange for prescribing tens of thousands of painkiller tablets to middlemen who federal prosecutors said resold them. read more >
Dr. Richard Johns of Practice Management Services Inc. of Little Rock.
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Richard Johns To Change Plea in Pill Mill Case

Richard Johns, who has been fighting charges of operating a “pill mill” of fraudulent painkiller prescriptions, is now scheduled for a change of plea — presumably to guilty — on Thursday before U.S. District Judge Brian Miller. read more >
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Lonoke County ‘Pill Mill’ Case Set for March

The charges against Richard Johns, the suspended Little Rock physician charged with running a “pill mill” of fraudulent painkiller prescriptions, will not be dismissed and his claim that evidence was collected illegally was rejected. read more >
Dr. Richard Johns of Practice Management Services Inc. of Little Rock.
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Trial Reset, Richard Johns Still Due in Court Monday

Richard Johns, the Little Rock physician charged with running a “pill mill” of fraudulent painkiller prescriptions, is scheduled to be in court Monday, but it won’t be for the start of his trial. read more >
Dr. Richard Johns of Practice Management Services Inc. of Little Rock.
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Judge Rules Rx Records Can Be Used Against Richard Johns

Richard Johns, the suspended Little Rock doctor charged with fraudulently distributing painkillers, knew his prescriptions were being recorded in a state database and can't now keep them from being used as evidence against him, a judge rules. read more >
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Richard Johns Defense Asks Judge to Dismiss Indictment in Painkiller Case

Defense attorneys have asked a judge to dismiss the indictment accusing Little Rock physician Richard Johns of illegally distributing oxycodone, including the overdose that killed a young Cabot man. read more >
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Dr. Richard Johns Indicted in Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone

Dr. Richard Johns, the Little Rock physician who was charged with 187 counts of prescription drug fraud in Lonoke County in May, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday as part of a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. read more >
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Operation Pilluted Defendants Go Back to Work; Richard Johns Still Faces Only State Charges

Johns is currently charged with 187 counts of prescription drug fraud in Lonoke County Circuit Court, and he’s scheduled for trial starting Oct. 7. read more >
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Someone’s Son Is Dead (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

I’m not a doctor or lawyer, but I am the only journalist who tried to warn the public about Dr. Richard Johns, so I’m hereby granting myself license to pour out my heart in a way that is — as I was reminded by the lawyer for the State Medical Board — “not objective.” read more >
Dr. Richard Johns of Practice Management Services Inc. of Little Rock.
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Arkansas Business Wrote About Police Investigating Richard Johns in 2012

Arkansas Business readers have had reason to be wary of Little Rock internist Dr. Richard Johns, who's been arrested and charged with more than 180 counts of fraudulent practices. read more >
Denise Reid Hoggard represents Rhonda Calaway, the plaintiff in a sexual harrassment and retailiation lawsuit that resulted in a new legal precedent.
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Rhonda Calaway Complaint Set Legal Precedent That Irks Business

The case of Rhonda Calaway vs. Practice Management Services Inc. and Richard Johns M.D. has resulted in a legal ruling that some business interests in Arkansas have tried to undo. read more >