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Doctor charged again in prescription drug scam

February 16, 2017, Coldwater, MI — An addiction to amphetamine has Coldwater doctor Christinia Whitaker, 42, back in jail, charged with illegal possession of the prescription drug, 10 years after her first arrest.

Dr. Whitaker was stopped as she drove back from Hillsdale County, where sheriff's office deputies there said she had participated in an illegal exchange with an undercover informant.

Hillsdale officers said Dr. Whitaker would write a prescription for drugs, then receive part of it back as payment.

Branch County Sheriff's Office Deputy Steve Foster was notified that the exchange had taken place and to look for three pills of Vyvanse inside a cigarette pack.

Foster stopped Dr. Whitaker's car on East Chicago Street in Coldwater and found the pack and pills on the front seat. The police report indicated that Whitaker admitted the pills were an amphetamine and she had no prescription for the Schedule II narcotic.

Vyvanse is a synthetic amphetamine and a federally controlled substance because it can be abused or lead to dependence.

The officer also found another of her patient's empty prescription bottles in Whitiker's car. Dispensed seven days before for a 30-day dosage of amphetamine, the bottle was empty.

Whitaker was charged with illegal possession of the drug, a two-year felony. Her bond was set at $15,000 by Branch County District Court Judge Brent Weigle, who scheduled preliminary proceedings for Feb. 23 and March 1.

Dr. Whitaker admitted at the jail that she would test positive for amphetamines and did, along with THC, the active ingredients in marijuana.

Whitaker listed her employment as a doctor for Adapt on the jail booking form.

More charges could be filed later in Hillsdale County.

Source: The Daily Reporter

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