Prestonsburg Doctor Pays $50,000 to Settle Civil Allegations

By: Josh McComas Email
By: Josh McComas Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A Kentucky doctor will no longer be able to prescribe pain pills after surrendering her DEA registration.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey, Dr. Laura Hazeltine, of Prestonsburg, Ky., paid the government $50,000 to settle claims that she failed to account for nearly 5,000 prescription pills.

From June 2009 until May 2012, according to the release, Hazeltine failed to maintain accurate inventory records of controlled substances.

According to the release, an audit was conducted by the DEA and it revealed that Hazeltine couldn't account for 4,967 pills and at least 10 purchasing records for controlled substances.

In addition to paying the $50,000, Hazeltine also surrendered her DEA registration -- which means she will no longer be allowed to write prescriptions for controlled substances.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Valorie D. Smith represented the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this case.

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