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Karen Scullin ReportingA doctor in Price, Utah is facing charges he convinced several patients to help support his addiction to prescription painkillers. A third district court judge gave Dr. David Morris the option of beginning therapy and asked to see him again in one week.
Although Dr. Morris has recently been practicing in Price, he said today he was moving his practice to Salt Lake City, but whether or not he gets to keep his license hasn't been determined.
Dr. David Morris appeared before Judge Fuchs in connection with nine felony charges, and three misdemeanors against him. Prosecutors with the Attorney General's Office say Morris would write prescriptions for Percocet and Oxycontin, then ask several patients to split the number of pills with him.
The judge ordered him to drug court, but said if the state pulls his license he cannot write any prescriptions, and that came with a warning.
Judge Dennis Fuchs, Third District Court: "If that's the case, you are not to see or treat anybody that's in drug court. If I see any prescription with your name on it that's written to anyone in my drug court treatment program, I will not only kick you out, I will send you to prison. That is my promise to you. Do you understand that?"
Daryl Bell, Prosecutor, Attorney General's Office: “The judge is treating him as most other offenders that are addicted to a drug or painkiller, and trying to determine what the best course of action is to treat this individual."
This all came about after investigators with Workers Compensation noticed some of the doctor's patients were getting an unusually large number of pain medication every month.
Morris is expected to plea to the charges next week. If he is successful in the drug treatment program the charges will be wiped from his record.