However, as explained by the Drug Task Force, we had no recourse with either doctor. We could take them to court, but without a well recognized standard of care for substance abuse therapy, it would by our expert witnesses against theirs. So, Jamie’s cause of death remains accidental death by overdose.
In April 2018, we were invited to share Jamie’s story in front of Congress in Washington. Congress then began an investigation into patient brokering. In October 2018, the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act was signed into law. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped the practice of patient brokering around the country.
Jamie had made the decision not to share his history of substance use with anyone because he feared the negative stigma with which it is associated. His death and the revelation of the deceit and manipulation Jamie faced made it imperative that we speak out.
In June 2018, we started the Jamie Daniels Foundation, to provide education, resources, guidance and support to those, battling drug addiction. It is also our hope that we honor Jamie’s commitment to helping himself, by helping others address those challenges.
The opioid epidemic doesn’t discriminate. Everyone is vulnerable. Addicts don’t want to be addicts. Jamie’s story is one of many, but a story that has to be told to help make a change.
In July 2020, one of the doctors in Florida who had treated Jamie was arrested. The Department of Justice released the criminal complaint, ‘Florida Doctor Charged in Massive $681 Million Substance Abuse Treatment Fraud Scheme’.
The charges include conspiring to commit healthcare and wire fraud billing for fraudulent tests and treatment for vulnerable patients seeking treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction.