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Vermont Doctor Accused of Falsely Prescribing Painkillers

A doctor from Windham County, VT has been of accused of prescription fraud after it was discovered she was falsely prescribing painkillers to patients and picking them up herself. 49-year old Melanie Canon of Weston, Vermont was let go from her job at Mountain Valley Medical Clinic in Londonderry nearly a year ago but had been conducting undocumented home visits until March of this year.

Vermont State Police announced Tuesday than an investigation began earlier this year when they received a complaint of possible prescription fraud.

In the complaint, the accused physician, later revealed to be Canon, supposedly prescribed to patients Oxycodone (Percocet), a strong opioid painkiller, and upon picking it up from the pharmacy, would keep it to herself and not deliver it to patients.

The DEA and Vermont Board of Medical Practice investigators discovered that she did this at least eight times and took into her possession over 1200 tablets of the drug.

She has since turned over her license for medical practice in Vermont and is faced with eight charges of prescription fraud and additional charges are pending. Her court date is set for June 14th in Windham Superior Court.

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