published Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Ringgold dentist arrested for writing prescriptions for himself

Catoosa County authorities have arrested and charged a Ringgold, Ga., dentist with writing prescriptions for painkillers for himself.

Dr. Criston Clark, 44, of LaFayette, Ga., has been charged with 41 felony counts of obtaining or attempting to obtain a scheduled drug by fraud, Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said in a news release.

Sisk said authorities don’t believe others were illegally receiving prescription drugs at Dr. Clark’s office off Nashville Street but that Clark was acting alone. Police believe he was writing the prescriptions for drugs such as hydrocodone and then trying to get them filled for himself.

A month-long investigation led to Clark’s arrest this week, and he is being held at the Catoosa County Jail.

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