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Laffer doctor reapplies to prescribe pills

Dr. Eric Jacobson, whose Great Neck office was

Dr. Eric Jacobson, whose Great Neck office was raided in December 2011 by federal agents, was arrested in June 2012 on charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs. (Dec. 1, 2011) Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Great Neck doctor has reapplied for the license to prescribe pain pills that he surrendered last week when DEA agents raided his office, his attorney and officials said Friday.

Dr. Eric Jacobson's lawyer, John Martin, said that his client sought a new controlled-substance license soon after a Dec. 1 federal raid at the doctor's office and wanted to go back to practice pain management because he had had "a change of heart."

Many of Jacobson's clients have severe pain problems "and have found they have no place to go" to seek adequate treatment, Martin said.

Jacobson prescribed thousands of painkillers for David Laffer and his wife in the months before Laffer killed four people in a June robbery of a Medford pharmacy, state records show.

At the time of the raid by Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service agents, Jacobson said he was voluntarily going to stop writing prescriptions for controlled substances like oxycodone.

The DEA has "concerns and if those concerns indicate I'm not practicing appropriately, I want to address that," Jacobson said last week. "It's a good time also to reflect and make sure I'm doing things appropriately."

DEA spokeswoman Erin Mulvey confirmed that Jacobson has applied for a controlled-substances license and said the review process for any physician to get a license, if appropriate, could take several months. She declined to comment further.

Martin said his client realized it could take time to be re-licensed and he was considering other options. Among them was to hire another physician for his practice who had a license to prescribe controlled substances, Martin said.

Jacobson has not been charged or arrested in connection with the raid on his office.

The raid was part of a DEA investigation into the illegal sale of controlled substances by physicians on Long Island, according to court papers. The investigation began months before the Laffer killings, sources have said.

In recent days, DEA agents also have arrested a Baldwin Harbor doctor for illegal sale of pain pill prescriptions and raided the office of another doctor in Port Jefferson Station and seized his records.

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