Q: A doctor contributed to my son's death by overprescribing Oxycodone. Can I post this on a public forum legally?
First, my heart goes out to you. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to live with your loss.
That being said, I think it would be better to speak with an attorney before posting something on a public forum and possibly subjecting yourself to civil claims for libel.
Indeed, if the purpose is to protect others from the opioid epidemic and possibly the doctor herself or himself, there may be more effective private ways to proceed forward through the NC Medical Board.
Given the sensitive nature of the subject and further considering Mt. Airy is still "small town NC," it might be better to speak with an attorney with the protection of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege.
Again, deepest condolences in your loss.
Cheryl R. Watkins, Esq. agrees with this answer
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