Prescription drug abuse is among the most common drug-related crimes in Maryland; every day, thousands of prescription pills are used improperly and in violation of their intended use. Some of these drugs are exposed to the public through legitimate users who choose to sell their excess drugs to other people. Many, however, come through doctors who either willfully or mistakenly allow prescription drugs to be dispensed to illegitimate users.
Doctors, of course, have easy access to large amounts of prescription drugs, and therefore, are a common target for drug investigations. In some cases, it can be difficult to discern whether the drugs handled and dispensed by the doctor were sold for legitimate or illegitimate uses. In some cases, properly dispensed drugs can be viewed as illegal. If a doctor knowingly dispenses prescription drugs illegally, however, the penalties will often be severe.
A Maryland gynecologist may soon be facing such penalties after he was accused of purchasing large amounts of prescription drugs and storing them in his office. A colleague discovered the drugs and notified authorities, which led to his dismissal from the hospital at which he was employed. Though the drugs had apparently disappeared by the time the police arrived, the colleague had photographed them, noting that the doctor was not licensed to prescribe those types of drugs. The gynecologist said he was unable to account for the drugs’ disappearance.
Federal agents raided the man’s home and found a number of prescription drugs there, many of which were in bottles labeled for other people. Officers say they also found cocaine residue on the man’s kitchen table. Drug tests were positive for cocaine use in the past three months, although the doctor denies these allegations.
The man is now facing disciplinary action by the Maryland Board of Physicians. Criminal drug charges may be forthcoming in the near future.
The Baltimore Sun, “Gynecologist’s license suspended amid inquiry over drug, image allegations” Scott Dance, Oct. 16, 2013