Pediatric dentist will pay $37K fine over drug allegations - - Columbia, South Carolina

Pediatric dentist will pay $37K fine over illegal prescription allegations


A Midlands pediatric dentist has agreed to pay a fine and have limited ability to prescribe, dispense, or administer certain controlled substances over a period of time after it was alleged she unlawfully prescribed drugs to staff and friends, according to the United States Attorney's Office.

United States Attorney William N. Nettles announced on Thursday that Dr. Chrislyn Lawhon has agreed to a settlement with the government concerning allegations that she unlawfully prescribed the pain-relief narcotics Vicodin and Percocet as well as the appetite suppressant Adipex to staff of her practice as well as personal friends without a legitimate medical purpose and outside of the usual course of her professional dentistry practice. 

Dr. Lawhon is a pediatric dentist who owns and operates Northeast Children's Dentistry in Columbia, Nettles said. 

As part of the settlement, Dr. Lawhon has agreed to pay a fine of $37,500 as well as agreed to a Restricted Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Registration that will limit her ability to prescribe, administer, or dispense certain controlled substances for at least the next three years. 

Dr. Lawhon denies any wrongdoing.

"Prescription drug abuse is a fast-growing drug problem in South Carolina," said Nettles. "The public health problems caused by prescription drug abuse are well-documented.  It is imperative that we do all we can to deter such conduct, and that includes enforcing civil penalties against all medical professionals who unlawfully write prescriptions."      

This matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys James Leventis and Jennifer Aldrich with the assistance of DEA Diversion Investigators.

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