April 30, 2018
If Allegations Against White House Physician Ronny Jackson Are True, He Illegally Distributed Controlled Substances
DEA Should Investigate Jackson Over Allegations That He Distributed Controlled Substances ‘Like Candy’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) should immediately launch a formal investigation into the conduct of Dr. Ronny Jackson, who, according to recent media reports, has a history of “casually dispensing” potentially addictive sleep disorder medications, Public Citizen said today.
Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, sent a letter to the DEA in response to an op-ed published in The New York Times stating that Jackson – former White House physician and President Donald Trump’s former nominee to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – allegedly casually dispensed Ambien and Provigil, “both of which are dangerous controlled substances with a potential for addiction,” to people who were not his patients. The White House withdrew Jackson’s nomination Thursday. According to media reports, Jackson also will not return as Trump’s physician, although he still will be a part of the White House Medical Unit.
The allegations “are serious and appear to be credible and if confirmed, demonstrate that he has engaged in the illegal distribution of controlled substances and has violated the terms of his DEA registration,” Carome wrote.
Carome last week sent a similar letter to the Virginia Board of Medicine asking it to launch an investigation into Jackson’s medical practice. If the allegations against him are true, his medical license should be revoked immediately, Carome said.