…how universities are getting caught up in pill mills, she didn’t expect the first such story to happen so soon.

Marla Ahlgrimm, a high-profile University of Wisconsin board member (the board in question is UW’s fundraising arm, the University of Wisconsin Foundation), has been arrested for running a pill mill.

Ahlgrimm’s the leading edge. You should expect more revelations about universities housing, and giving legitimacy to, pill mill proprietors.


Because now that police are shuttering the cheesy little pain palace storefronts you see people lined up in front of in your cities, and indeed now that many cities are passing anti pill mill laws, some pushers will seek refuge and respectability inside universities.


“Incredibly personalized medicine.” Ahlgrimm is interviewed.

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7 Responses to “When UD told you to get ready for stories this year about…”

  1. Bernard Carroll Says:

    Wisconsin again, eh?

    Stand by for a statement by Robert Golden, Dean of the UW Medical School.

    But don’t hold your breath – Dr. Golden is one of the folks who wrote to the Wall Street Journal back in 2006 in defense of the indefensible Charles Nemeroff.

  2. MikeM Says:

    UD you’re missing the even bigger story. You don’t have to hunt down faculty business interests to find pill mill enterprises involving universities.

    The biggest pill mills are right on campus: university student health centers.

    They hand out prescriptions for Ritalin, Adderall and other widely abused amphetamines with no more thought than stamping books at the library checkout. No parental notification required. These pills are so widely shared among undergraduates as study aids that up to 35% of students at some universities are estimated to use illegal stimulants.


  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Thanks for that reminder, MikeM.

  4. University Diaries » An irritable board member tells a reporter from the University of Wisconsin Madison student paper… Says:

    […] that the whole Marla Ahlgrimm thing (background here) is nothing, don’t mean a thing, fuck off. Sandy Wilcox, president of the UW Foundation […]

  5. js Says:

    It’s funny reading about pill mills living in thailand, where pretty much any drug you want (especially the highly abused ones) can be bought from a pharmacist with no prescription. Takes pill mill to a whole new level.

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Sex, drugs, and… I don’t know about rock and roll, js, but you’re clearly living in one of those very special places…

  7. University Diaries » Tell me when this starts getting old. Says:

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