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
indictment.

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
Chattanooga.

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.


Ramsey, Wamp, Floyd Back Joe Smith For County Commission

Three former elected leaders in Hamilton County on Thursday announced their support for independent candidate Joe Smith for the County Commission seat in District 3. Longtime County Mayor and Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey, former Congressman Zach Wamp and former state Rep. Richard Floyd all say they support Mr. Smith for the commission seat vacated by newly elected county assessor ... (click for more)

Corker Says White House Rejected Meeting Request Ahead Of JASTA Veto Override

In remarks on the Senate floor on Thursday, Senator Bob Corker criticized what he said was the Obama administration’s lack of engagement ahead of Congress’ vote on Wednesday to override the president’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) and expressed hope that all parties involved will be willing to engage in discussions in the weeks and months ahead. ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vin Scully’s Last Time

It is said that the opening paragraph of my favorite ode to baseball should be the centerpiece for the canon of sports literature. It was written by former commissioner Bart Giamatti in "The Green Fields of the Mind,” a most marvelous essay to the last day of the regular season in the major leagues. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Beats Red Bank On Senior Night

It was Senior Night at Signal Mountain on Wednesday as the Lady Eagles played their last regular-season volleyball match at home before they host next week’s District 7-AA tournament and all went pretty much as planned. It was a battle of regular-season district champions as the 6-AA queen Red Bank Lionettes provided the opposition for the 7-AA winning Lady Eagles. Signal ... (click for more)

Hamilton Heights Announces 2016-17 Hoops Slate

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy released its 2016-17 varsity boys’ basketball schedule on Thursday. The Hawks will participate in 13 events around the country, including the prestigious Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbus, S.C., the Marshall County Hoopfest in Ky., and the Flyin’ To The Hoops Classic in Dayton, Ohio.  Locally, the Hamilton Heights squad will host ... (click for more)