Nova Scotia doc­tor to stand trial in early April

Cape Breton Post - - COMMUNITY/PROVINCE -

BRIDGE­WA­TER, N.S. — The de­fence lawyer for a Nova Scotia doc­tor charged with drug traf­fick­ing af­ter po­lice ac­cused her of pre­scrib­ing 50,000 pills to a hos­pi­tal pa­tient has con­firmed the trial is now set to be­gin April 3.

The trial of Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones had first been sched­uled to be­gin Tues­day, but de­fence lawyer Stan Mac­Don­ald says he had sched­ul­ing con­flicts and last spring he asked for a fresh date in Bridge­wa­ter pro­vin­cial court. Mac­Don­ald says a judge has set aside 10 days for the April pro­ceed­ings.

When charges were laid al­most a year ago, Bridge­wa­ter po­lice said Jones wrote the pre­scrip­tion for oxy­codone and oxy­neo pills over a one-year pe­riod.

Dr. Gus Grant of the Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons has said the mat­ter was re­ported to po­lice in Au­gust 2015 af­ter a phar­ma­cist re­ported un­usual ac­tiv­ity to the col­lege’s in­ves­tiga­tive branch.

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