Copperhill Physician Indicted For Illegally Prescribing Drugs

Monday, November 29, 2010

A federal grand jury in Chattanooga has returned an 85-count indictment against Dr. Richard Adler, 69, of Copperhill, for illegally prescribing controlled substances - including drugs that allegedly caused the deaths of two patients.

Dr. Adler appeared in court on Monday before Federal Magistrate Court Judge Susan K. Lee and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges in the

He was released pending trial, but was ordered by the court as a condition to bond to not practice medicine.

Trial has been set for Feb. 1, 2011, in United States District Court, in

The indictment alleges that Dr. Adler knowingly and intentionally dispensed, and caused to be dispensed, quantities of controlled substances, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Among the controlled substances alleged to have been illegally prescribed are Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Methadone, and Endocet.

The indictment further alleges that Dr. Adler knowingly and intentionally dispensed, and cause to be dispensed, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, Oxycodone, that resulted in the deaths of two patients.

The illegal dispensing of controlled substances carries a maximum prison term of 20 years for Schedule II substances, and five years for Schedule III controlled substances. The maximum fine is $250,000 per count.

The two counts alleging that death resulted from the illegal dispensing of Oxycodone each carry a minimum of 20 years to life in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and up to five years supervised release.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. MacCoon will represent the United States.

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