• Controlled Substances Act,  Drugs,  Poetry,  Trials, Judges and Jurors

    Pill Mills, Poppy Flowers, Dead Poets and the Human Resources Department

    Having been through a seven-week federal criminal “pill mill” trial, I think a lot about enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act and its effect on physicians.  Aggressive enforcement effects others in healthcare as well, including management: “It’s very hard for medical professionals and those in upper management, such as hospital CFOs, CEOs, and CMOs, to see themselves as criminals,” says Jack Sharman, partner at Lightfoot, Franklin, and White, a law firm headquartered in Birmingham, AL. “This difficulty to perceive what someone else might think merits a criminal investigation impedes judgment and slows internal response.” While physicians might not see themselves as criminals for managing patients’ pain or making sure they…

  • Cocktails

    Weekend: cocktails, World War I, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and Marvin Gaye

    For this weekend: cocktails, World War I, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and Marvin Gaye. From Saveur, warm-weather whiskey cocktails.  Some of the drinks sound good.  All of the photos are cool: From the folks at Garden & Gun magazine, Ten New Southern Beers and a bourbon root beer float not far down the road from us: Rob McDaniel met Will Abner for the first time in a field in southwestern Virginia. They were both at Lambstock, shepherd Craig Rogers’s bacchanalian annual gathering of farmers, chefs, bartenders, and other food-and-beverage types. “I was finding wood sorrel and wild shiso in the fields up there. Will just started making cocktails with it. I thought, ‘That’s…