President Donald Trump has called the opioid crisis a national health emergency, ravaging Appalachian states like Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio. That’s helped put the spotlight on the role doctors play in prescribing powerful pain relievers that sometimes lead to addiction and overdose deaths.
A former Warren County physician will get a stinging reminder on Monday that his medical career is over, and that his freedom is being taken away. Fred Gott will be sentenced in federal court for over-prescribing powerful painkillers, including Fentanyl and Methadone. The case against the 66-year-old heart doctor started to build in 2012.