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Pain Clinic Doc Suspected of OD Deaths

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A Port Richey doctor was arrested Wednesday on 12 charges of operating an unlicensed pain clinic.

Malcolm Colburn Foster, 62, also is under investigation for a possible connection to the overdose deaths of at least 16 patients, The Tampa Tribune reports. The two-year-long Pasco County Sheriff’s Office investigation found most patients at the clinic, which closed in 2012, were prescribed unusually high doses of pain medications. Foster did not receive special training the state requires if more than 50 percent of patients get pain medication, The Tribune reported.

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