Report: #1068524

Complaint Review: Carolyn Coker Ross

  • Submitted: Fri, July 19, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, July 19, 2013
  • Reported By: John Romo — aurora Colorado
  • Carolyn Coker Ross
    400 S Colorado Blvd
    Denver, Colorado

Carolyn Coker Ross Dr. Carolyn Ross Suboxone doctor suboxone doctor Buprenorphine Physician denver doctor Denver Colorado

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 This individual is licensed by the DEA to prescribe a medication called suboxone for people who are stuggling with opiate and/or pain killer addiction. Unfortunetly this doctor is completely abusing her priviledges when prescribing this drug. When i intitially called to schedule an appointment with her i did a lot of research about this drug online. I found out this this drug is typically used to help ease the intitial withdrawl of opiates but a lot of doctors have found a way to use this drug as residual income by prescribing this to people for months and sometimes years. The drug is a very strong opiate itself so you are just trading one addiction for another.

This doctor asked me on the phone how much i was spending on the pain pills and than told me that she was alot cheaper. This sounded a little strange because it's something that a drug dealer would say. My goal was to stop using pain killers and not make my situation worse by taking a much stronger drug than i was before. She refused to answer any of my questions over the phone and said that i should just come in.

During my appt. she told me that this drug was very easy to stop using which is a lie. It is the worst drug to come off of due to the length of time that it stays in your system. This doctor knows this but yet lies to people because she doesnt respect any of her clients. Her goal is to get you hooked on this drug so she can collect her $150 per month for the rest of your life. Suboxone is primarily used by people that IV heroin because it prevents abuse of other narcotics through IV. Well most people don't IV pain killers and therefore should not be treated the same way. 

There is a huge difference between someone who is taking percocet for 2 years and someone who is an IV heroin user for 10 years. Treating people the same way is wrong and a lot of people are being hurt instead of being helped.

This doctor was very pushy and when i started asking her questions she said that i was getting too technical. Woah you are a doctor, correct? Arent you supposed to be technical. After 20 minutes she was ready to push me out the door. I don't think she likes informed, educated clients.

She prescribed this drug to me without performing any kind of drug test. Meaning i could have been a drug dealer who is looking to sell this drug on the streets and she was more than happy to prescribe it to me as long as she got her money! I quickly tapered off this drug within a 3 week period and have moved on with my life since then. Would you give an alcoholic more alcohol? Would you give a cocain addict more cocain? So why would you give an opiate addict more opiates? Makes no sense. 

Also, Dr Carolyn Coker does NOT accept insurance. Why? Because the insurance companies do not pay as much and they will only provide insurance for a limited amount of time. This doctor charges $250 for the first appt. and then another $150 a few days later for the first script. What other real doctors charge that much? Maybe cancer treatment. Bottom line is this individual is exploiting folks that are actually coming to her for help. If you are a current patient of hers i suggest you find another doctor who will help you get off this stuff.

This drug should only be used as a last resort and should never be taken for more than 30 days because otherwise you will be on it for a very long time and be in a much worse situation then you were in before.

There are many options that someone has if they want to stop abusing pain killers. If you do some research on the internet you will find a lot of help. Avoid this so called suboxone doctor because she is just a legal drug dealer. She gets paid by the suboxone company and also gets kick backs from the pharmacy that she refers you to. The impression that i got from her was no better than a car salesman. If you are considering utilizing this drug please do your own reasearch online and make your own decision. The doctor should never tell you what to do or how to do it, they work for you.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Where do i begin?

AUTHOR: Carolyn Ross MD - (USA)

I would like to say I'm always sad when someone enters my practice for help and leaves with such a negative perception about me or my office.  I must correct some inaccuracies in this person's complaint including:

  1. I do and have always taken Cigna insurance.  I would like to take other insurances but in my area the other insurers are full and not enrolling new doctors in my specialty.
  2. Suboxone is not used to fatten doctor's wallets. Suboxone can absolutely be used for the acute signs of withdrawal but the National Alcohol and Drug Admin and other governmental agencies have approved it for maintenance or medication assisted therapy because SO MANY patients with opiate addiction relapse and many die that most of us in this field are happy to have a MEDICATION to use that helps people who want to take it get their lives back.  
  3. There is a lot of poor information out on the internet that people find when they do research on Suboxone, but the truth is that Suboxone has saved many people's lives.  It does not work in the same way as opiates - it is legal, you don't have to keep increasing the dosage to feel ok and you don't have to get in trouble with the law to get your medication.  Under doctor's supervision, it is safe and effective alternative to opiate addiction. 
  4. Physiologically, mentally and emotionally, there is no difference between addiction to heroin and addiction to pain killers.  I know many people would like to think there is but pain pills can ruin your life just as fast as can heroin.
  5. Doctors who prescribe Suboxone don't get paid by the drug company.  That is against the law.  

I will stop here.  While everyone has a right to choose their own treatment for addiction, I can't agree with the assertion that there is a lot of good treatments on the internet.  As an example, some of my patients have bought Kratom online and this supposedly natural tretament is more addictive than heroin.  So BEWARE getting info online.  The bottom line is that each of us must take responsibility for our own decisions.  i hope that any patient who comes to me does so with a genuine interest in getting help.  I offer many alternative / proven therapies besides Suboxone but my goal is to help people stay alive and get their life back.  That's what I see my job as being.  What I do is laid out very clearly on my website ( and you can also find other more positive reviews here


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