Publications & Presentations

Do No Good: How Controlled Substance Regulations Prohibit the Use of Telemedicine to Provide Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder

Author, Tulsa Law Review

It started off innocently enough. As you walked around the corner you failed to see the forklift, and the driver failed to see you. You could feel the pain in your shoulder before you even hit the floor. The surgeon said it would be an easy recovery. For two months, you drove an hour to the city once a week, either to see the surgeon or for physical therapy. Those two months you used sick leave; actually, all of your sick leave and a few unpaid days since you had not been working long enough to qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). When you missed your second appointment, the surgeon dismissed you for failure to follow-up. After some pleading, you convinced your doctor, the only doctor in your town of fifteen hundred, to write prescriptions for your pain medicine.