NC foot doctor arrested in drug case

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SHELBY, N.C. — An investigation into complaints about physicians’ alleged aggressive prescribing practices has resulted in charges against a Shelby foot doctor, the Charlotte Observer has reported.

The sheriff’s office said Dr. Steven Elliott Skorman was arrested Thursday at his office, Carolina Foot and Ankle, in the 100 block of Lee Street.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Prescribed Epidemic and funded with a federal grant aimed at curbing abuse of prescription medicine, has resulted in the arrests of 20 other people. In addition, the sheriff’s office said it is looking for eight more suspects.

The sheriff’s office said it got help from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, along with several other local law enforcement agencies.

Two undercover agents posing as patients said they went to Skorman’s office and were prescribed large quantities of painkillers – without having a need for the medication.

Source: Charlotte Observer