As the story furthered, we came to know two things. The first thing was a 'pill mill' and the person running the clinic, Dr. Jacqueline Cleggett, who was flooding the area with OxyContin.
So, we have gathered information on a few burning questions right now to help you solve the mystery of Dr. Jacqueline. We will discuss, who is Dr. Jacqueline Cleggett, what's a 'pill mill,' and most importantly, where is Dr. Jacqueline right now?
Who is Dr. Jacqueline Cleggett?
Jacqueline Cleggett is a doctor who got her medical training from Morehouse School of Medicine. As seen on the docuseries, Jacqueline starts practicing family medicine, and later went to work for Gulf Medical Consultants.
After quitting her job, Jacqueline got her certificate of American Academy of Pain Medicine. She became a pain specialist, which was enough to get a license to open a new office, and that's how everything started.
What is a 'Pill Mill'?
Dr. Jacqueline Cleggett is a doctor who ran illegal drug office. Source: Dreshare
Pill Mill was basically a office Jacqueline opened after she got her certificate as a pain specialist. The office which she opened in St. Bernard. Dr.'s office was mostly crowded, even at late hours of the night. In fact, it used to get busy at night than in day times.
Moreover, people willing to pay an extra few bucks were allowed to see the doctor sooner than the people who paid standard charges. The office used to get so busy, the people from different states used to show up rather than locals.
Apparently, the doctor was prescribing OxyContin, a rarely prescribed drug for pain relief, that too only under 40mg. But the doctor was prescribing a heavy dosage of it. Moreover, the nearest pharmacies noticed she was prescribing only OxyContin.
It was estimated that the doctor prescribed over 180,000 OxyContin pills in a new year period, which took in about $2 million in cash, and that's how she came under the radar of Schneider, who lost his son over a drug-related shooting.
Schneider ran a few investigations himself to track down Dr. Jacqueline and came to know Cleggett was the reason he lost his son, as Jacqueline was handing out opioids pills like they are candies. Following which Schneider was able to talk with authorities about his suspicions, which involved local police and prosecutors, the FBI, the DEA, and the state medical board. After several years, Dr. Jacqueline Cleggett was arrested, and her license was revoked.
Was Dr. Cleggett Using Opioids Herself?
The Pharmacist on Netflix. Source: Netflix
Apparently, yes, and she had a reason why she came up with a idea to use OxyContin for herself. Back in 2002, she was in a terrible car accident from which she was left with a broken neck. According to the reports, she almost died of the crash and was on a ventilator for six weeks.
The accident left her partially paralyzed after five skull fractures and two brain hemorrhages, following which she herself was prescribed OxyContin. And after the use, she basically had no problems with it, as it helped alleviate a lot of pain. And that's how she came up with the idea of prescribing it to people as well.
So, Where is Jacqueline Cleggett now?
After charged with illegal distribution of OxyContin and other drugs like Vicodin, Methadone, and other, the doctor was sentenced 20 years in jail and a $1 million fine. After her plea on July 9, 2009, the doctor was sentenced three months in probation; however, her medical license remains revoked.