Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

July 30, 2013

Wyoming County dentist charged with excessively prescribing narcotics

HARRISBURG - A Wyoming County dentist, who allegedly prescribed prescription narcotics for family, friends and associates without proper record keeping or medical need, was charged Friday by state narcotics agents.7-30-13 Dr. Rhodes

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendant as Dr. Sare Rhodes, 35, 74 Lehman Ave., Dallas, Luzerne County. Dr. Rhodes is a licensed dentist with an office at 161 North Bridge St., Tunkhannock, Wyoming County.

According to the criminal complaint, Dr. Rhodes wrote family and friends prescriptions for Oxycodone since at least August 2009.  At least four prescriptions were also written for Endocet, another powerfully addictive pain medication, which contains Oxycodone.

Agents said that at least 10 "patients" allegedly filled prescriptions for the drugs at various pharmacies in Luzerne and Wyoming counties, often switching pharmacies so as to not draw suspicion to themselves. 

The charges state that Dr. Rhodes prescribed these narcotics without any underlying dental cause and failed to obtain dental medical histories of patients to whom she prescribed the medications.

Dr. Rhodes is charged with 10 counts of failure to keep records of controlled substances prescribed and 10 counts of distributing/prescribing Oxycodone to a drug- dependent person.

Dr. Rhodes was preliminarily arraigned before Tunkhannock Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith Jr. and released on her own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 8, 2013 at 9 a.m.

The case will be prosecuted in Wyoming County by Deputy Attorney General Timothy Doherty of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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