Mid-State dentist arrested for illegally prescribing drugs

Mid-State dentist arrested for illegally prescribing drugs (Image 1)

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Houston County dentist on Wednesday for illegally prescribing controlled substances.

According to authorities, Dr. John S. Paffrath prescribed at least four patients scheduled drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, xanax and valium without seeing the patients in his office.

The 56-year-old is said to have prescribed the medications in quantities inconsistent with therapeutic necessity and for medical complaints outside his area of expertise.

Paffrath works as a dentist at the Hilcrest Dental Clinic located on East Main Street in Erin, Tennessee.

He was booked into the Houston County Jail on $10,000.

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