‘Monster’ Florida opioid doctor sentenced after several years, trials

This is part three of three. This report about a Florida doctor, Monster on the Beach, deals with sensitive issues of violence, opioid addiction and sexual abuse. Take care if you are triggered by any of these topics. Call 2-1-1 Brevard for help if you need counseling.

Michelle Jones was planning her suicide for a few months. At the root of her despair wasn’t her divorce or the difficult relationship with her mother, with whom she now lived.

It was that she could no longer afford her monthly visits to Dr. John Gayden’s medical office in Indialantic for her opioids.

It was May 27, 2011, a little more than two years after shed first started seeing Dr. Gayden for pain management due to a back and wrist injury she suffered working at an electronics plant. She took Lortabs for a few months before switching to Oxycodone because the Lortabs caused her liver damage.

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