Thursday, June 21, 2007

Addiction Mitigation

An Ohio attorney had a successful civil and criminal practice in partnership with his spouse, who retired from the firm for other pursuits. He began to self-medicate with cocaine to deal with a "chronic staph infection that caused painful open sores all over his body." He turned to illegal drug use after doctors were unable to cure the staph infection and also suffered from a disc injury. He pled guilty to felony cocaine possession, had conviction withheld while he received treatment but had a relapse when he used cocaine with a friend who unexpectedly had the drug when giving him a ride home. The attorney has participated in the bar's addiction rehabilitation program. The Ohio Supreme Court ordered a two-year suspension with 18 months stayed with conditions that require that he abstain from illegal drug use. (Mike Frisch)

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