By: News On 6
MERCHANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) â€” 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 â€” which unlike similar rapid detox programs doesn’t require a hospital stay â€” 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.