Physician arrested for phoning in prescription for woman at bar

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A physician was arrested in Louisville for writing a prescription under the name of a woman he met at a bar.  

37-year-old Bruce Swearingen was arrested Thursday for an incident that began on Nov. 4, and continued through the weekend. According to an arrest slip, he called in prescriptions for Schedule II, Schedule III, and Schedule IV narcotics to the Walgreens on Shelbyville Road in Middletown.  According to the report, it was the "result of a challenge and without medical necessity."

WAVE 3 unsuccessfully tried to reach Swearingen at his home, on the phone and via facebook.

According to police, Swearingen voluntarily resigned his DEA registration number at the end of Nov., which would make it illegal for him to prescribe controlled substances.  Over the next two months police said he wrote two prescriptions anyway. He's charged with two counts of forging a prescription and three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

According to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, he still has an active license.

The popularity of prescription pills continues to rise in Kentucky and is something folks at the Healing Place are dealing with more and more.

"Here at the Healing Place the fastest growing population is the 18 to 25-year-olds abusing prescription drugs," said Jay Davidson, President and Founder.

The Healing Place is the largest addiction recovery center from homeless men and women in Kentucky.  

"We alcoholics and addicts will go to any length to get our drug of addiction," said Davidson.  "We can get very creative. We are intelligent, creative, focus, sensitive, driven people and we come up with all kinds of schemes."

Davidson said it's not uncommon for people to try and get drugs illegally from physicians.

"They usually start out with mom's pill cabinet or grandma's and then once they start realizing that that makes them feel different, then they start going to street prescription drugs, or trying to get them illegally from physicians," said Davidson.

Swearingen is scheduled to be in court on March 20.

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