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Published: December 2, 2019


A MEDICAL DOCTOR WHO FORMERLY PRACTICED IN TENNESSEE PLEADED GUILTY TODAY (MONDAY) FOR HIS ROLE IN UNLAWFULLY DISTRIBUTING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, DARREL R. RINEHART, 64, OF INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, FORMERLY OF COLUMBIA, PLEADED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF UNLAWFUL DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. FOLLOWING HIS GUILTY PLEA, RINEHART ADMITTED THAT IN JANUARY 2016 HE KNOWINGLY DISTRIBUTED HYDROCODONE, A SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, TO A PATIENT WHO DID NOT HAVE ANY SIGNIFICANT UNDERLYING HEALTH ISSUES JUSTIFYING SUCH A PRESCRIPTION. HE FURTHER ADMITTED TO DISTRIBUTING SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, PRIMARILY OPIOIDS, TO FOUR DIFFERENT PATIENTS WITHOUT A LEGITIMATE MEDICAL PURPOSE AND OUTSIDE THE COURSE OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ON 18 OTHER OCCASIONS BETWEEN DECEMBER 2014 AND DECEMBER 2015. RINEHART'S SENTENCING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR JULY 30TH, 2020.