Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Evidence Dropped in Trial of Nova Scotia Doctor Accused of Trafficking Opiates

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Evidence Dropped in Trial of Nova Scotia Doctor Accused of Trafficking Opiates

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Evidence dropped in trial of accused doctor

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BRIDGEWATER, N.S. - Information provided to a medical regulator has been excluded from the drug-trafficking trial of a Nova Scotia doctor accused of prescribing 50,000 pills to a hospital patient.

Defence lawyer Stan MacDonald says a Bridgewater provincial court judge ruled Friday that a letter and interview Sarah Dawn Jones provided to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in September 2015 should be omitted from her trial.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to charges including possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, drawing a document without authority and fraud.

When charges were laid over a year ago, Bridgewater police and the federal Crown alleged that Jones wrote the prescription for oxycodone and oxyneo pills over a one-year period to a hospital patient -- but the drugs were diverted into the community. …

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