Doctor, teacher wife accused in Rowan Co. prescription drug ring

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A Rowan County doctor and his wife have been accused of being involved in a major prescription pill scheme.

Police said the couple convinced teachers and staff from several local schools to help them get their hands on 25,000 powerful painkillers.

China Grove doctor Orrin Walker, his wife, Abby Walker, and six other people — most of whom are teachers and employees at three local schools, were all indicted by a grand jury.

Police say that for more than a year Orrin and Abby orchestrated the major prescription pill operation to feed their own addictions.

According to WSOC, Abby Walker was a teacher at Bostian Elementary and she convinced three co-workers — Meredith Raynes, Alisha Christian, Tammy Eudy and Teresa Seagroves (the administrative assistant at McKnight school in Kannapolis) — to help her obtain pain medication.

Police say Summer Thomason, a teacher at Southside Christian Academy in Salisbury and a friend, Crystal Maness, also helped Walker and her husband, a physician at Main Street Family Practice, get their hands on the hydrocodone pills.

“He would write the prescriptions in their names. They would pick them up and in turn, turn the medications over to her,” Police Chief Eddie Kluttz said. “The information was exchanged at the schools. We have evidence that the pills were exchanged at the schools.”

Kluttz said he was not aware of people taking the pills at the schools, but it is possible.

Officers do not believe children were ever in danger but Rowan-Salisbury School Board member Chuck Hughes is extremely concerned that teachers and employees are accused of illegally obtaining the painkillers.

Hughes plans to push for changes at the school board meeting Thursday, which would include routine random drug testing on every school employee and school board member.

If the Walkers are convicted of ‘Level Three’ trafficking, they face mandatory prison time.

Since the investigation began in March, Orrin Walker surrendered his medical license and his wife resigned from teaching at Bostian Elementary.

Source: WSOC

 

7 comments

  • FaithC

    It is sad that we never know the character of those teaching our children. All involved in this are no better than street scum dealers.

  • Tracey

    Where are all the voices that are normally here when drugs are involved. Oh yeah, that’s right they only comment on black or hispanic drug involvement not white doctors and teachers, the working class per say! By not commenting you are showing your racism just as when you are commenting against other nationalities.

    • FaithC

      I am working from home today, others need a chance to get home from work this evening. We have jobs.
      The only one mentioning race here is YOU. Get a job and get off the government handout train.

  • sinner 3

    Never take for granted that a person with an educated title are really any better than any other dope dealers !

  • tammielee196388

    I know one thing, these opiod pain pills are awful an they don’t discrimanate against anyone. I have watched several family members an a few close friends loose every, I mean the childern an all over a stupid pain pill. The addiction is overpowdering, I just thank God everyday that my children haven’t taken that rode yet. These pills are addictive an deadly an they don’t discrimanate anyone. If you know someone that is taking them please get that person help. It’s the person you don’t think are abusing them are the ones that probably are.

  • looky

    Dealers are dealers lock down the whole crowd ! Will the taxpayers be paying rhe lawyer fees for the teachers involved ?

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