An addiction expert testified for the prosecution this morning that the medical clinic run by a Haysville couple was a "dishonest practice."
Theodore Parran is a physician who teaches at the medical school at Case Western University in Cleveland and is a nationally recognized expert on addiction.
He is testifying in the trial of Stephen and Linda Schneider, who are charged with violating the federal Controlled Substances Act.
"They did harm," Parran said of Schneider, a doctor, and his wife, a nurse who managed the clinic.
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Parran said the couple did not follow appropriate medical practices in they way they prescribed painkillers and other narcotics.
Parran testified that the prescriptions at the Schneider Medical Clinic were given out "other than for a legitimate medical purpose."
Known for teaching doctors about the dangers of patients' addictions to prescription drugs, Parran also is familiar with federal criminal investigations.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Parran was investigated for billing fraud. But federal prosecutors dropped the case last spring and no criminal charges were filed.
Parran has testified as an expert witness for the government in other cases involving doctors accused of not properly prescribing narcotics.