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A dentist from Wareham, Massachusetts, has been charged for allegedly dispensing prescriptions for narcotic painkillers, in exchange for sexual favors, according to a report on Boston.com.
The dentist was identified as Dr. Steven Miller. His activities were exposed through a sting operation run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and resulted in his arrest.
A witness reportedly alerted authorities to Miller’s modus operandi last September. The witnessed accused the 68-year-old dentist of issuing prescriptions for controlled prescription painkillers, even in the absence of valid purposes, if the other party granted him sexual favors. An affidavit revealed that a federal agent, posing as the boyfriend of a cooperating witness, was asked by Miller to fill out paperwork that would make it seem that he had dental work done, so that he would be able to receive a prescription for Vicodin pills.
He also allegedly revealed to one witness that he already had an unsavory reputation with regards to prescriptions, so much so that there are pharmacies that would not fill any of his prescriptions.
Some people who knew Miller, however, found the accusations as not in keeping with the persona that he exuded. One woman who lived near Miller and who has known him for twenty years described him as “a lovely person,” and shared that he was “respectful to me as a neighbor and friend and patient.”
The affidavit for his arrest included the prescription records for nine of his patients. These prescriptions were described as “inconsistent with the usual course of professional dental practice.”
Miller has voluntarily surrendered his license to practice dentistry as of Tuesday. If convicted, he may face up to ten years in prison, as well as a $1 million fine.
Even before Tiger Woods’ drug and sex scandals, Vicodin has been a name that we keep on hearing about when celebrities get into a drug mess. It seems that many celebrities have found Vicodin to be their favorite prescription drug to abuse. Of course, being used by celebrities does not make Vicodin any safer. On the contrary, it makes it even more dangerous as more people think that taking it for recreational purposes is okay when it really is not.
Vicodin, a tablet containing a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, is prescribed to relieve moderate or severe pain. It may be habit-forming and it should be used with proper medical guidance and only by the person it was prescribed for. It should also be taken exactly as it was prescribed. Do not attempt to take it at larger amounts or for longer periods.
Vicodin overdose is very dangerous and may be fatal. Initial signs of overdose include loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach pain, nausea, sweating, confusion and weakness. It could cause darkening of the urine and discoloration (turning to yellow) of skin and eyes. It can eventually lead to extreme drowsiness, slow heart rate, weak pulse, coma, shallow breathing, or death. A baby who feeds on the milk of a mother taking Vicodin may show signs of addiction to or withdrawal from the drug, including poor breathing conditions.