WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The PBC Multi-Agency Diversion Task Force arrested Tuesday evening a former physician on charges of manslaughter for over prescribing a lethal amount of a narcotic, resulting in the death of a patient, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Barry Schultz, of Delray Beach, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail around 6 p.m. after an investigation revealed that he had prescribed a lethal amount of the Schedule II narcotic Methadone to David Train, resulting in his death, Barbera said.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, methadone is a pain killer similar to morphine that is also used as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs.
Schultz was first arrested in March 2011 after agents discovered that he had unlawfully prescribed and dispensed more than 60,000 tables of Oxycodone to at least six of his patients within a nine-month period, she said.
Barbera said that after the 2011 arrest, the Florida Department of Health and the Drug Enforcement Administration suspended Schultz's medical license and DEA registration.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, West Palm Beach Police Department, Greenacres Public Safety Department, Boynton Beach Police Department, DEA and the Office of the State Attorney participated in the investigation.
Schultz is being held without bond. He will appear before a judge Wednesday morning.