TN: Hendersonville doctor surrenders license after admission to trading opioids for sex

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Hendersonville, Tennessee emergency practice doctor surrenders license after admission to trading opioids for sex. PHOTO: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.–A Hendersonville doctor has surrendered his license after pleading guilty to distributing a Schedule II substance without medical purposes.

According to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners consent decree, Dr. Lawrence J. Valdez surrendered his license last month following his arrest and conviction last year.

The decree states Valdez practiced emergency medicine in Hendersonville and “routinely prescribed various Schedule II controlled substances, including oxymorphone and oxycodone, for his patients in exchange for sexual intercourse and other sexual acts with multiple individuals.”

There were at least four patients to whom Valdez distributed the drugs. In total, he is stated to have distributed 10,400 mg of oxymorphone and 2,200 mg of oxycodone. His license to practice was officially surrendered on April 1st.

Valdez was arrested with 8 other health care professionals in middle Tennessee in a sting that spanned six states. In all, 60 individuals in six states were charged, found to have provided over 350,000 prescriptions and 32 million pills.

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