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Joan of Arc or Charlatan - Who will be the Judge?Marianne Skolek Salem-News.com
Siobhan Reynolds, RIP - President of the Pain Relief Network (PRN).
(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - On Christmas Eve at approximately 2:00 pm, a small airplane in which Siobhan Reynolds was a passenger crashed on approach to the runway. At the controls was Kevin Byers, an attorney and reported fiance' of Reynolds.
They were flying into Ohio where they lived on an 87 acre farm. Byers legal practice focused on the defense of physicians charged with over prescribing narcotics to patients and Reynolds worked as an advocate for the practice. Tragically, Reynolds died instantly, as did Byers' mother, and Byers died on Christmas Day.
Since the plane crash, bloggers have been posting acclamations about Reynolds tireless and fierce work in the "undertreatment" of pain in America and her defense of doctors charged with overprescribing narcotics to patients resulting in deaths of their patients. It was said that she often used her own money to travel to cities (staying at Hyatt Hotels) where she felt prosecutors unfairly targeted a physician. There were rumors that the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma had been funding Reynolds activism role in the undertreatment of pain in America.
Reynolds advocacy in defending pill mill doctors and her campaign to be a voice to the victims of what she perceived to be the undertreatment of pain in the country was a result of her ex-husband, Sean Greenwood, dying because of inadequate medical treatment while a pain patient. Unfortunately, while enroute to New Mexico for pain treatment, they checked into a motel and he died. Reynolds was quoted as saying "Sean needed a lot of hospital care, but they didn't focus on his medical problems because everyone is in the witch hunt mode about opiates. All the hospitals would talk about was giving him Narcan (a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose) as if the opiates were responsible for his medical problems, He couldn't get into a hospital because of a government crackdown nobody is willing to admit is going on."
She once was quoted as saying her work would not be complete until the Supreme Court declared the Controlled Substances Act unconstitutional. www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/legislation/ucm148726.htm
Last year I wrote a series of articles about a trial in Kansas that ran approximately eight weeks. A physician named Stephen Schneider and his nurse wife, Linda were being charged by the Feds for running a pain clinic responsible for the deaths of 60 plus patients as well as money laundering. The Schneiders were subsequently found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 30 years in Federal prison. Kevin Byers was Linda Schneiders attorney. (The links to the series is shown below).
At the sentencing of Stephen and Linda Schneider, Judge Benot, who presided over the trial, addressed the Pain Relief Network's defense of the Schneiders. The judge dismissed defense arguments that harsh sentences will deter other doctors from prescribing to chronic pain patients, saying that sounded like the "irresponsible propaganda" of the Pain Relief Network, a group that has opposed what it sees as federal efforts to crack down on chronic pain treatment.
The judge used the phrases "Bozo the Clown" and "ship of fools" to describe the PRN and said he hoped the outcome would help curtail its activities.
When the people leading it are "so stupid that they support what occurred in this case, they demean the efforts of legitimate medical providers to help persons suffering from chronic pain," the judge said.
"He knows perfectly well there is very little I can do to answer him, and he is showing a real lack of regard for what the rest of the people in the United States regard as my natural rights - my right to dissent, my right to support innocent people who are being railroaded" Reynolds said. As a result of Judge Belot's exposing the Pain Relief Network for supporting the criminal activities of the Schneiders, the PRN was disbanded.
On the Pain Relief Network website, an Associated Press story referenced that prosecutors alleged in a 2008 court document that after the Schneider clinic was closed Reynolds told a distraught pain patient that, if she was going to commit suicide because painkillers were no longer available, to “make it count” by doing it publicly.
The below billboard sign was erected on a highway leading to the courthouse by the Pain Relief Network. A judge ordered the billboard sign removed. A jury disagreed with the Pain Relief Network and unanimously agreed that the Schneiders were guilty of charges against them.
Below are the names of the victims of the Schneiders. They had no voice until the trial and verdict -- they again have a voice when Reynolds is standing outside the gates of heaven and the final "judge" decides Joan of Arc or Charlatan.
The Names of the Victims of Dr. Schneider:
LP - It has been said and lived in 2011. It will continue in 2012 with love always.
Jun-09-2010: Tumbling Tumbleweeds - a Continuing Look at the Schneider Trial in Kansas - Marianne Skolek Salem-News.com
May-02-2010: Week 1 of Pill Mill Doc Trial in Wichita, Kansas - Marianne Skolek Salem-News.com
_________________________________Salem-News.com Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 8-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.
Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.