Trial begins for pain doctor charged with patient deaths
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A trial is underway in the case of a Montana pain doctor charged in the overdose deaths of two of his patients.
The Ravalli Republic reports prosecutors argued Monday that Chris Christensen asked few questions and wrote plenty of prescriptions.
Defense attorney Josh Van de Wetering countered that Christensen was compassionate and one of a dwindling number of physicians willing to treat chronic pain patients. He says Christensen may have been fooled by a few who lied to him to get drugs, but he is not a criminal.
Christensen is charged with two counts of negligent homicide for the overdose deaths of Gregg Griffin and Kara Philbrick-Lenker. He also is charged with nine counts of criminal endangerment and 11 for distributing dangerous drugs.
Christensen’s clinic in Florence was raided in April 2014 after a two-year investigation.
Information from: Ravalli Republic , http://www.ravallirepublic.com