Charges dropped against Indiana doctor accused of overprescribing drugs

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UPDATE (March 27, 2017)– All criminal charges against Dr. Ash were dropped. He is allowed to continue to practice medicine.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS (May 16, 2014) – An Indianapolis doctor accused of overprescribing drugs surrendered after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, a warrant was issued on May 9 in Hamilton County charging Dr. Robert C. Ash with 16 counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, a class B felony. He also faces seven counts of dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, a class C felony.

The investigation began last year and involved investigators from the Indianapolis Tactical Diversion Group, which includes the DEA, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Kokomo Police Department and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. The Henry County Drug Task Force assisted the group.

The incidents happened between September 2009 and February 2013, according to a probable cause affidavit. The drugs included Norco, Xanax, Oxycodone and Somas. A patient alleges that Ash provided her with money and “prescription controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose.” The patient said Ash wrote her prescriptions for pain medicine without thoroughly examining her. She continued to ask him for prescriptions, which he continued to write, according to court documents.

The patient said she had kissed Ash twice in the past and that he had tried to fondle her on “various occasions.” She said he provided her with cash in amounts ranging from $250 to $600. According to the probable cause affidavit, the woman said Ash would “provide her with a large amount of cash if he thought he was going to have sex with her.” The woman said they never had sex. She originally sought treatment from Ash for back pain in 2009, she told police.

Ash is scheduled to appear in court on May 23.