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News Date: 3/21/2013 

 PCSO Detectives Arrest Lakeland Physician, Self-Proclaimed “Pain Management Doctor,” For Trafficking In Prescription Drugs and Other Charges 


PCSO narcotics detectives arrested a Lakeland physician, who is a board certified surgeon and refers to himself as a “pain management doctor,” for trafficking prescription drugs and 10 other charges.

Detectives learned that 44-year-old Aaron B. Roush, M.D., of 1211 East Cumberland Avenue in Tampa, who works in the Uphoria Medical Spa located at 3510 South Florida Avenue, Suite 102, in Lakeland, was overprescribing controlled substances, and prescribing them without doing medical examinations.

Two different undercover PCSO detectives made appointments with Dr. Roush and both were seen by Dr. Roush in his office. All five visits (four visits by one detective, and one visit by another) were recorded. The following is a summary of those visits, as detailed in the detailed affidavits:

·         November 30, 2012 – PCSO undercover detective “A” went to the Uphoria Medical Clinic located at 3510 South Florida Avenue Suite 102 in Lakeland.  Dr. Roush asked the detective what her reason for her visit was.  She stated her knee was “bothering her a little bit and aching for no reason.”  Dr. Roush told her he would give her something for pain, and that she needed to get an X-ray and come back for another appointment.

o   Dr. Roush did not take the detective’s temperature, pulse, blood pressure, height, or weight.  He met with the detective in his private office, not an exam room.

o   The detective told Dr. Roush she was getting Oxycodone “from a friend,” and that she liked it and was hoping he would give her a prescription for it.

o   Dr. Roush wrote her a prescription for 60 count Hydrocodone pills, and 30 count Carisprodol pills (AKA Soma).

o   Dr. Roush told the detective if she got an X-ray and came back, he would prescribe her Oxycodone.

 

·         December 12, 2012 - PCSO undercover detective “A” went back to the Uphoria Medical Clinic, with an X-ray of her knee.  The detective went into Dr. Roush’s office for another visit.

o   Dr. Roush did not take the detective’s temperature, pulse, blood pressure, height, or weight.  He met with the detective in his private office, not an exam room.

o   Dr. Roush told the detective that her X-ray looked normal but that they could “push on and find something wrong.”

o   The detective asked if she could get more Hydrocodone because they made her feel good, and Dr. Roush replied, “Absolutely.”

o   Dr. Roush wrote her a prescription for 90 count Hydrocodone pills, and 60 count Oxycodone.

 

·         February 14, 2013 - PCSO undercover detective “A” went back to the Uphoria Medical Clinic for a third visit.  The receptionist told the detective that the X-ray she had taken of her knee was normal.  The detective went into Dr. Roush’s office for another visit.

o   Dr. Roush did not take the detective’s temperature, pulse, blood pressure, height, or weight.  He met with the detective in his private office, not an exam room.

o   The detective told Dr. Roush there was no change in her knee and that she wanted to see if she could get a refill on the Hydrocodone because she really liked it.  She again told Dr. Roush she was getting Oxycodone from a friend and wanted another prescription for it.

o   Dr. Roush wrote her a prescription for 30 count Alprazolam (AKA Xanax) with 2 refills, 120 count Oxycodone (AKA Percocet), and 90 count Hydrocodone (AKA Norco) with 2 refills.

o   Dr. Roush told the detective she might need to have an MRI done on her knee to justify her use of Oxycodone.

 

·         March 6, 2013 - PCSO undercover detective “A” went back to the Uphoria Medical Clinic for a fourth visit.  She brought PCSO undercover detective “B” with her.  The detective went into Dr. Roush’s office for another visit, and told him she brought her friend with her who also wanted a prescription for a controlled substance.

o   Dr. Roush did not take the detective A’s temperature, pulse, blood pressure, height, or weight.  He met with the detective in his private office, not an exam room.

o   Dr. Roush told the detective that he couldn’t remember what he had previously prescribed to her because he doesn’t keep copies of prescriptions he writes.  He stated, “I’ll be more generous once you get an MRI.”

o   Dr. Roush wrote her a prescription for 90 count Oxycodone (AKA Percocet).

o   Dr. Roush told the detective she might need to have an MRI done on her knee to justify her use of Oxycodone.

o   Dr. Roush meets detective B but does not prescribe anything to her at this time.  Detective B tells Dr. Roush she wants a “legitimate prescription” for a controlled substance.  He tells her to make an appointment and come back.

 

·         March 12, 2013 - PCSO undercover detective “B” went back to the Uphoria Medical Clinic for a visit with Dr. Roush.

o   Dr. Roush did not take the detective B’s temperature, pulse, blood pressure, height, or weight.  He met with the detective in his private office, not an exam room.

o   The detective told Dr. Roush she had an MRI done.  They discussed that they “wouldn’t see much” on the MRI.  The detective asked Dr. Roush what he could prescribe to her anyway.

o   Dr. Roush wrote detective B a prescription for 60 count Oxycodone (AKA Percocet).

Dr. Roush accepts cash payments of $150.00 for any visit within 30 days of a prior visit, or $275.00 cash for a visit outside of 30 days. 

Dr. Roush made comments to both of the female undercover detectives that were lewd in nature.  He also asked them if they were law enforcement officers, if they were wearing wires, and if they had heard about people being arrested for prescribing controlled narcotics.

"Our detectives simply made appointments with Dr. Roush, and he handed over prescriptions for controlled narcotics.  Well, now we've made an appointment for Dr. Roush in the county jail.  This guy is nothing more than a dope dealer with a criminal history.  We hope he never again practices medicine, and we will do everything we can to ensure that his license is taken away." - Sheriff Grady Judd

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, detectives served a search warrant on Uphoria Medical Clinic, and placed Dr. Aaron Roush under arrest and charged him with: three counts Trafficking in Hydrocodone (F-1), four counts Trafficking in Oxycodone (F-1), and four counts Assisting Another to Obtain Controlled Substance (F-3).

Dr. Roush had in his car on the day of his arrest some methamphetamines, marijuana, Xanax without a prescription, and Valium without a prescription.  He will be additionally charged for the possession of these illegal substances.

Excerpts from affidavits:

“Dr. Aaron Roush is registered under the provisions of Controlled Substances Act, Title 21 United States Code, section 823, and a practitioner under DEA registration number BR7590323. Based on this registration, Dr. Aaron Roush’s office is a controlled premises within the meaning of Title 21……..pursuant to this registration, Dr. Aaron Roush is authorized to prescribe controlled substances……and required to keep complete and accurate records of all controlled substances…….

A physician who is registered with the State of Florida as a controlled substances prescribing practitioner must adhere to the following standards of practice in connection with controlled substance prescribing (FSS 456.44): A physician registered under this section must maintain accurate, current, and complete records that are accessible and readily available for review and comply with the requirements of this section……..if a medical doctor operates outside of this State Statute he/she is subject to a criminal and civil investigation.”  

Here is a brief summary of Roush's criminal history in Florida: 

06/01/1997 – Arrested by Tampa PD for DUI w/property damage (5 counts) 

11/23/1997 – Arrested by Hillsborough County SO for Assault 

05/09/2006 – Arrested by Polk County SO for Battery – Domestic Violence 

05/23/2006 - Arrested by Polk County SO for Violation of Injunction for Protection 

04/09/2010 – Sentenced from Polk County Court for Non Payment of Child Support – Purged out of jail for $11,000 

05/11/2012 – Sentenced from Polk County Court for Non Payment of Child Support– Purged out of jail for $9,000 

He was also reprimanded in 2007 by the state Department of Health, fined an administrative fee of $10,000, and ordered to complete 25 hours of community service.  Below is the link to their website for public record inquiries. 

http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/