Doctor practicing in Lexington pleads guilty to prescribing narcotics

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A Staunton doctor practicing in Lexington pleaded guilty Thursday morning to distributing controlled drugs, according to U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.

Stanley Heatwole, 73, of Staunton has been charged with one count of distribution of controlled substances.

From 2009 to 2014, Heatwole prescribed controlled substances, specifically hydrocodone, to a patient he had a sexual relationship with. The prescriptions were not for a medical reason. According to Firshwick Jr., Heatwole prescribed these narcotics to patients he knew had drug addictions as part of his sexual relationships with them. In 2014, his license to practice medicine was suspended.

Heatwole was practicing at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital Emergency Department.