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Kamsack doctor charged with improperly prescribing opioids

A doctor in Kamsack, Sask., who lost his ability to prescribe methadone is now charged with improperly prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines to patients, some of whom other physicians were concerned may have been selling or giving the drugs to other people.

Dr. Murray Davies is facing two charges of unprofessional conduct under The Medical Profession Act. The province’s regulatory bodies for doctors, Saskatchewan’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, brought forward the charges last week.

A hearing date has not been set.

According to the registrar, Davies is a general practice doctor at the Assiniboine Valley Medical Centre in Kamsack, a town of roughly 1,800 near the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border.

CBC News has reached out to Davies for comment.

Bryan Salte, associate registrar and legal counsel for the regulatory body, said charges of improper conduct stemmed from his pattern of prescribing, tracked by the college’s Prescription Review Program.

Bryan Salte

Bryan Salte is the associate registar and legal counsel for Saskatchewan’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, which is licenses and disciplines doctors. (CBC News)

Patients selling or giving away drugs

The program monitors how “higher risk” drugs, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, are being prescribed.

According to the college, Davies was informed of its concerns around his prescribing, including that some of his patients were already receiving drugs from other physicians, while other patients were not actually taking the drugs.

“Dr. Davies, according to the charge, was advised by other physicians that patients to whom he was prescribing drugs were not taking those drugs, that they were otherwise being diverted, which could include sales to other people, which could include sharing their drugs with others,” Salte said.

“The concern that was expressed, according to the charge, is that Dr. Davies, upon being advised that his patients were not using the drugs fully the way

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