Sarasota man charged with 'doctor shopping' collected 11,580 controlled substance pills

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael Flanagan, 33, of Sarasota, and charged him with 14 counts of withholding information from a practitioner in order to obtain a controlled substance, also known as doctor shopping.

Investigators with the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit found that Flanagan had visited three different pain clinics in Sarasota and Tampa between April 2010 and July 2011, and was able to obtain approximately 11,580 controlled substance pills of Xanax, Oxycodone, Oxycontin and MS-contin. This equals about 772 pills a month.

In each case, Flanagan signed documents affirming that he understood he needed to inform the doctor of use of medications from other physicians and would not attempt to obtain any controlled substances from other doctors.