published Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Cleveland, Tenn., doctor charged with illegally distributing pain pills

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    Dr. Norman Neal is charged with 10 counts of illegal issuance of prescription medications.

A Cleveland doctor was arrested this morning and charged with multiple counts of prescribing hydrocodone illegally, authorities said.

Dr. Norman Neal, of 2513 Old Chattanooga Pike, S.W., was arrested at the Doctors Health Center in North Georgia after police searched the building, Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers said in a news release.

Neal was charged with 10 counts involving the illegal issuance of pain prescription medications, Summers said. The clinic, located at 4213 Cloud Springs Road, will remain closed until the outcome of the investigation, according to the news release.

The two-month long investigation was the result of complaints received by law enforcement about prescriptions for hydrocodone being given to multiple individuals, the release stated.

Summers said additional charges related to the ongoing investigation are expected to be filed against Dr. Neal.

See tomorrow’s Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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empressgale said...

It's much more frightening to think the government is telling people what medicines they need to take. And, no matter what he is accused of we have to remember that he's innocent until proven guilty. And, I have learned to not believe everything I read in any newspaper.

March 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
govless said...

I think that it is a shame that this Doctor has to go through this. my husband was a patient of his and this is the only Doctor he had that cared enough to sit down and really listen and gave him advice and suggestions that worked. I think that the government and state have way to much say so in someones health care. If there is proof that a person needs pain medication to better their life i mean tests and blood work xrays ect. and they need this medication to work, take care of their kids or just plain walk they should not suffer cause of Government and state. I don't know what happened with other people in this office but my husband had blood work and was given other medication options and it was working so my question now is what will happen to the patients that needed this doctor? what will my husband do when his medication runs out and some other Doctor just can't treat him cause the Government and state says they can't.

March 2, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
empressgale said...

Why are so many doctors in east Tennessee being charged with these types of crimes? Witch hunt, perhaps? I say " where is George Orwell"

March 3, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.
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