PHILIPSBURG – A Philipsburg doctor already facing criminal charges found himself facing a new set of charges on Tuesday.
Philipsburg-based state police announced that Dr. Larry Adams has been newly charged with prescribing outside accepted treatment principles, criminal conspiracy to obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, dispensing to a drug dependent person and refusal or failure to keep required records.
According to police, the charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Alan Sinclair’s office by members of the Troop G Vice and Narcotic Unit and members of the Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation. Those charges stemmed from a Grand Jury investigation.
Adams was already facing charges from a Grand Jury investigation. Tom Corbett, attorney general, said that January 2007 that a CI testified to police that – following a serious work-related accident in 2000 – he was prescribed pain medication and was taking it as prescribed.
According to the grand jury, the CI began to see Dr. Adams in 2001 or 2002. Adams raised the CI’s dosage of his Dilaudid pre scri ption, and additionally prescribed Percocet and OxyContin.
Corbett said the three pre scri ption drugs are all Schedule II narcotics with strict medical controls due to their high potential for abuse and the risk that abuse may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence.
The street value of OxyContin at the time of the investigation was approximately $10 for a 20-milligram pill, $30 for a 40-milligram pill, and $60 for an 80-milligram pill. The CI also stated that he could sell 100 80-milligram pills for $6,000.
Corbett said the CI would give Adams approximately $500 to $1,000 at a time, and estimates that Adams received tens of thousands of dollars over the three to four year period from the CI.
In that case Adams faces seven counts prescribing outside accepted treatment principles, seven counts dispensing or prescribing to a drug dependent person, four counts willful dispensing of a controlled substance without proper labeling, nine counts drug delivery, five counts possession, one count criminal use of a communication facility, one count criminal conspiracy, one count Medicaid Fraud, two counts criminal solicitation to commit violation of sale or transfer of firearms, one count dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, one count refusal or failure to keep required records, and five counts obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation or fraud.
Adams is free on unsecured bail.