Family faults Fort Lauderdale doctor for man’s suicide

A Fort Lauderdale doctor who advertises as both a pain and addiction specialist is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a former patient who allegedly became addicted to drugs while under the doctor’s care before committing suicide.
The lawsuit, filed Dec. 22 in Broward County Circuit Court, says Dr. Michael Lazzopina turned Benjamin Eiseman into a drug addict through a regular regimen of addictive painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs between 2005 and July 2008, when the 30-year-old Coral Springs electrician killed himself with an overdose of pills prescribed from the pain clinic where Lazzopina works.

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