October 19, 2011
A doctor from Roachdale, Indiana, was arrested and charged Tuesday with excessively writing prescriptions for narcotic drugs and having sexual relationships his patients. According to The Tribune Star, the doctor is facing 12 felony counts of recklessly distributing or dispensing a controlled substance, and three felony counts of writing prescriptions “To facilitate sexual encounters.”
The charges against the Putman County physician came after an 18-month investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Indiana state police, the Putnam County sheriff’s department and district attorney’s office. The investigation began after several other regional doctors and pharmacies noticed an excessive amount of patients traveling great distances to receive large prescriptions–some patients were traveling more than 100 miles per visit.
Interviews with nine female patients uncovered that the doctor had written prescriptions for large amounts of drugs for the women, one of which stated she felt like a “walking zombie.” Some of the drugs prescribed included Methadone, Adipex, Xanax, Clonazepam, Vicodin, and Percocet. The women testified that the doctor made passes at them, and several victims admitted to being forced into having sexual relations.
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