Tennessee dentist loses license after overprescribing opioids: 5 things to know


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Michael Tittle, DDS, a dentist in Erwin, Tenn., agreed to let the Tennessee Board of Dentistry revoke his license during a settlement agreement, according to Tennessean.

Here are five things to know:

1. Dr. Tittle is accused of overprescribing opioids. The dentist admitted to writing about 200 opioid prescriptions to various patients.

2. More specifically, Dr. Tittle wrote one patient 71 opioid prescriptions over the course of six months. The Tennessee Department of Health became aware of the prescribing patterns and began to investigate.

3. The investigation found Dr. Tittle did not have sufficient records for his prescribing methods. Between October 2016 and September 2017, Dr. Tittle wrote 49 hydrocodone prescriptions to a patient, totaling 630 pills.

4. Between February and May, investigators revealed Dr. Tittle wrote a patient 41 prescriptions for oxycodone, totaling 365 tablets.

5. While agreeing to his license being revoked, Dr. Tittle was also ordered to pay $13,000 in penalties.

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