ABINGDON, Va. — A Norton-based doctor has been arrested on federal drug charges after authorities said he prescribed medication to patients for his own use.
Dr. Raymond Michael Moore, 61, of Wise, has been charged with one count of acquiring, obtaining, or possessing schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge, one count of failing to maintain records for schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances received, delivered or shipped and one count of making false statements, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“Moore intentionally, and without authority, acquired and possessed” various prescription medications, including hydrocodone, oxycodone-acetaminophen, fentanyl transdermal system, meperidine, alprazolam, lorazepam, clonazepam tablets, tramadol and diazepam, the release states.
Authorities said many of the substances were found at Moore’s home.
“The results of the search led investigators to conclude that Moore was unlawfully prescribing schedule II and schedule IV medication to patients in order for the same medication to be returned to Moore for personal ingestion,” the release states.
“It is critical that physicians and other health care providers who prescribe controlled substances scrupulously follow the law and standards of care to ensure that these drugs are not diverted and abused,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said. “When these medical professionals violate their Hippocratic oaths – and essentially act as drug dealers – we will use all available resources to send them to federal prison.”
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, whose office assisted in the investigation, said it’s critical to “maintain tight controls” over the supply of prescription drugs.