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Published: Tuesday, 6/5/2001

Doctor surrenders license over drug verdict

A Pioneer, Ohio, physician has surrendered his medical license to the State Medical Board of Ohio after the board learned he pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge.

Dr. Lenin Rivera agreed to have his license revoked in lieu of formal disciplinary proceedings by the board. The license was revoked March 12.

Dr. Rivera pleaded guilty Feb. 15, 2001, in Williams County Common Pleas Court to one felony count of attempted aggravated trafficking in drugs. Dr. Rivera attempted to sell Percocet, a controlled substance, to an undercover agent by filling out a fraudulent prescription form. He was sentenced to six months of probation and fined $5,000.

The state medical board also took disciplinary action against two Toledo doctors.

Dr. Darrell Hall had his medical license suspended for at least six months effective April 11 after admitting to the board that he is chemically dependent on alcohol, Oxycontin, and Phenergan. If he meets several conditions, including passing periodic drug tests and having his ability to practice evaluated, his license may be reinstated after six months.

Dr. David Hanes had his training certificate suspended for at least six months effective April 11 because he failed to report full details of his history of chemical dependency on his training certificate application.

Training certificates are required for doctors to take part in residency programs, which are multi-year training programs for physicians. Dr. Hanes admitted to the state medical board he has been dependent on alcohol and cocaine.

Dr. Hanes must complete periodic drug testing. If he passes the testing and completes other conditions set by the board, his training certificate could be reinstated after six months.

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