In late 2015, the Medical Board of California began reviewing 2,694 death certificates of patient deaths filed in 2012 and 2013 and found 2,256 matches in CURES, showing each doctor who wrote an opioid prescription filled by the deceased patients as part of their “Death Certificate Project.”
The project takes death certificates that have opioids listed as a cause, and matches it to a doctor (or more than 1 doctor), who prescribed any controlled substance to that patient within 3 years of their death, regardless of whether that particular drug caused the death or whether that doctor prescribed a lethal dose.
As of March 10, 2020, there are 65 doctors on the list with 42 of the cases completed, leaving 23 pending. 47 of the 65 have one or more patient deaths mentioned as a part of the case.
**This only means that a patient death was mentioned in the accusation against the doctor by the Medical Board, and does NOT automatically mean that death was caused by the doctor. Singular means one death was mentioned, plural means more than one was mentioned.
65 Total Cases 42 Cases Completed 23 Cases Pending 47 Cases Have Associated Deaths 10 Doctors Surrendered Their Medical Licenses 20 Cases Have Ended Up With Public Reprimands 10 Cases Have Ended Up With Probation 10 Of The Cases With Public Reprimands Involved Patient Death(s) 1 Accusation Has Been Withdrawn 1 Doctor Has Died.
Reporter Cheryl Clark has extensively documented the Death Certificate Project and you can find all of her articles HERE.