Ex-doctor at VA Medical Center illegally prescribed drugs

Health officials blame overprescribing pain killers for opiate epidemic  (WDTN Photo)
Health officials blame overprescribing pain killers for opiate epidemic (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A former physician at the VA Medical Center pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally prescribing oxycodone.

According to court documents, Julia Lucente, 55, of Dayton, used her prescription pad to issue a prescription for 72 pills to someone that was not a patient of hers or the hospital. The report also says she wrote the prescription without a documented medical exam.

Lucente pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting another to possess a controlled substance.

“Terms of the plea agreement call for Lucente to permanently surrender her Medical and DEA licenses,” U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart said. “She also agreed not to reapply for a medical or DEA license in Ohio or any other state.”

Lucente was employed at the VA Medical Center from 2008 until the the offense in November 2012.

Her sentence date is pending.

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