Madison County doctor pleads guilty to illegally dispensing drugs

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Madison County doctor pleaded guilty Wednesday for distributing prescription drugs to patients illegally. 

Dr. Rodney Morris, 64, admitted to all 64 counts of illegally distributing and dispensing Schedule II controlled substances in exchange for sexual favors and monetary gain.

Records showed Morris had given one patient hydrocodone, alprazolam, oxycodone and tramadol in exchange for sexual favors from August 2010 to May 2017. The patient would then sell the drugs in order to supplement her income. 

Morris is said to have attempted to delete these medical records after the patient had died in 2017. 

According to the Alabama Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, from January 1, 2017 to June 27, 2017, Morris had written 6,721 prescriptions for controlled substances with the total dosage units being 499, 784. 

Morris now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000,000. 

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