Doctor Challenged Over Detox Method

By: News On 6

MERCHANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Dr. Lance L. Gooberman has devoted his medical practice to perfecting “rapid opiate detoxification,” designed to reduce the agony of drug withdrawal and get more addicts into recovery.

Himself a recovering addict long drug-free, Gooberman says his practice — which unlike similar rapid detox programs doesn’t require a hospital stay — has successfully detoxified about 2,350 patients over seven years and guided them into long-term recovery programs.

But over four years, seven of his patients died within days of the procedure. Gooberman says they had undetected heart problems or took cocaine, triggering a heart attack.

In a civil trial beginning Wednesday, state regulators will try to strip the medical licenses of Gooberman and his former employee, Dr. David Bradway.

We just want to make sure these `cutting-edge treatments’ aren’t cutting off life,” says Mark Herr, director of New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the state board regulating physicians.

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