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Man charged with obtaining 7,000 pills by doctor shopping

Deputies say they arrested a Massachusetts man who traveled to Pinellas County to purchase oxycodone in Indian Shores.

Ronald David Kimball, 53, was arrested Tuesday on charges of doctor shopping, trafficking in oxycodone and resisting arrest without violence.

Deputies said Kimball had been visiting three doctors in Florida each month, including one in Winter Park, to get thousands of OxyContin and oxycodone pills. Several of the doctors noticed his scheme and alerted authorities.

On Tuesday morning, an Indian Shores doctor called deputies to tell them Kimball was back. When deputies arrived, Kimball ran toward a condo complex. After a 45-minute search, he was found hiding under a bridge, deputies said.

Because he was complaining of chest pains after his arrest, Kimball was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, deputies said.

He is expected to be moved Wednesday to the Pinellas jail. He faces four counts of doctor shopping, four counts of trafficking in oxycodone and a single count of resisting arrest.

Deputies said he had obtained more than 7,000 oxycodone and OxyContin pills.

Pinellas officials said the case is an example of why Florida needs a prescription monitoring program that would allow doctors to check if a patient has been doctor shopping. State lawmakers have passed a monitoring program law, but several stumbles have delayed the program's launch until next year.

Massachusetts has a monitoring program, sheriff's officials said.

Man charged with obtaining 7,000 pills by doctor shopping 09/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:02am]
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