Doctor loses license to prescribe drugs

Old Saybrook - The local doctor whose office was raided earlier this week by federal, state and local authorities has had his controlled substance registration suspended by the state Department of Consumer Protection.

Jerry Farrell Jr., the commissioner of the state DCP, issued a summary suspension Thursday of Dr. Scott W. Houghton's license to prescribe controlled substances and ordered a hearing to determine if the suspension should become permanent.

"We have strong reason to believe that Dr. Scott Houghton has prescribed prescription substances including Demerol, Percocet, Valium and Fentanyl for a patient in a frequency that exceeds his own directions for use," Farrell said in a news release.

He also said that Houghton failed to prescribe controlled substances in good faith and posed "an imminent threat to the public health, safety and welfare, and requiring immediate emergency action."

Suspending or revoking a controlled substance registration prevents a doctor from being able to prescribe a number of drugs, but does not forbid them from practicing medicine or prescribing antibiotics and mild painkillers.

A summary suspension is an immediate action taken, without a hearing, which makes the permit or registration inactive.

On Tuesday, authorities executed a search-and-seizure warrant at Premier Medical Associates at 929 Boston Post Road. No arrests were made, police said.

Houghton has been a licensed physician in Connecticut since 2004.

A message left at his office was not returned.

Houghton will be able to appeal his suspension at the hearing set for Feb. 23.

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