Dr. Larry Ley was found not guilty on Aug. 16, 2016. Prosecutors are reviewing their cases against the other men facing charges.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 29, 2014) -- After a Noblesville doctor and three others were arrested by Drug Enforcement agents Friday, experts worry the patients taking Suboxone from them could be in danger.
FOX59 has spoken to patients who are searching for help when their current prescriptions run out.
Suboxone is intended to treat addiction, when used in conjunction with counseling and strict monitoring.
Agents say Dr. Larry Ley of Noblesville and his associates, though, were prescribing the drug for cash and often without any counseling or monitoring at all.
"It is a very real risk," Tobyn Linton, assistant director of Adult Services at Fairbanks Hospital, said.
Linton said that if a patient is using Suboxone and suddenly stops taking it, they are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. Those tend to be similar to flu-like symptoms but can be severe enough to drive a user back to drugs like heroin.
"It's a huge concern that individuals would be going back to street drugs ... because their tolerance now at this point has been altered," Linton said.
Dr. Ed Kowlowitz with the Center for Pain Management prescribes Suboxone in a small number of cases for those who run the risk of abusing other prescription drugs.
Kowlowitz warned that when you do seek out help, you should always be visiting a reputable doctor who does thorough appointments and follow-up.
"It should never be a quick visit of, 'Here's your (prescription),' and then taking their money. It should be a real doctor's visit," Kowlowitz said.
Linton wants people to know that help is available.
You can call Fairbanks Hospital at 800-225-4673 or visit them online here to see if you qualify for their programs.
You can also try the Midtown Methadone Clinic or Indianapolis Treatment Center.
There are other services available. To search in your area, go to the SAMHSA search tool at the link here.