Howard M. Cooper was highlighted in a front page news article in the July 7, 2015 issue of the Cape Cod Times concerning the arraignment of his physician client on 21 counts of writing illegal prescriptions and other charges.
The article references Mr. Cooper's remarks in Barnstable Superior Court that his client is being unjustly vilified in the government's war against opiate addiction. Mr. Cooper said his client is dedicated to helping patients with chronic pain issues, according to the article.
"We have an epidemic of chronic pain in this country," Cooper is quoted in the article, and that prosecuting a physician for treating pain patients "is not a very effective way to deal with the opioid crisis."
His client pleaded not guilty to all 21 indictments returned by a grand jury in May.
Mr. Cooper in May 2015 obtained an acquittal in federal court of a pain medication physician on all eight counts of alleged violations of federal drug distribution laws and conspiracy.