By Michele Karl
Seymour physician Dr. Christopher Castle, 46, received a suspension on his certificate that allowed him to write prescriptions for controlled substances. The Drug Enforcement Administration took the action. The suspension came after investigations showed that Castle was writing prescriptions for large doses of a variety of controlled substances. He is not allowed to order, dispense, administer or prescribe controlled substances.
Castle was indicted November 6, 2001 on two counts of possessing child pornography.
He is currently in federal custody awaiting his May 7 trial after his bond was revoked. Testimony by Elizabeth Sherrod, a computer expert with the Tennessee Valley Authority office of the Inspector General stated that additional websites on Castle’s computer revealed he was continuing to download pornography. Court records also showed that guns, syringes that tested positive for amphetamines and trash bags containing prescriptions and copies of prescriptions were found in Castle’s home and office.
In the child pornography case, Castle pleaded not guilty. He later entered a plea of insanity. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Bolen filed a motion to have Castle independently evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Along with the current charges against him, Castle is under investigation for health care fraud and illegally distributing a variety of controlled substances including Oxycontin, morphine and hydrocodone, the drug that CNN reported is possibly to blame in the death of Senator Fred Thompson’s daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Thompson Panici in January.
It has been reported that according to respondents to the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) National Drug Threat Survey 2000 and the DEA that the illegal diversion, distribution, and abuse of oxycodone products appear to be concentrated most heavily in the East, OxyContin Tablet, commonly referred to as OxyContin, has become the oxycodone product of choice in Maine, Ohio, and West Virginia, and in portions of eastern Kentucky, Maryland, western Pennsylvania, and rural southwestern Virginia. A 100-tablet bottle of OxyContin purchased for $400 at a retail pharmacy can sell for $2,000 to $4,000 illegally.
The action by the DEA is just the beginning of Castle’s worries. Bolen stated, “The State of Tennessee has a case against him to revoke his medicine license”. Court records show the DEA has a pending administrative action to revoke Castle’s DEA license, which would permanently remove his ability to write prescriptions for controlled substances. The child pornography charges will be continued in August or September after the court issued medical evaluation is completed.