NEW: RI Physician Ordered Controlled Drugs for Home Use
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
John Gosch-Barker, MD, does not practice medicine, but had received 2,500 tables of Hydrocodone and 500 10-mg. tablets of Zolpidem at his home, according to HEALTH. Dr. Gosch-Barker does not practice medicine and does not have a business address. According to HEALTH, the 86-year-old retired radiologist physician stated that the drugs were for personal use for age-related spinal pain. Dr. Gosch-Barker claims he was unaware that the practice was prohibited.
Hydrocodone is a is a synthetic opioid derived from either of two naturally occurring opiates: codeine and thebaine. It's used to treat moderate pain as well as an antitussive to treat cough. Stronger than codeine but only one-tenth as powerful as morphine, hydrocodone can be habit-forming. Zolpidem, which is sold under several brand names including Ambien, is used to treat insomnia.
Dr. Gosch-Barker was required to surrender his Controlled Substance Registration, according to documents.