- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped drug trafficking charges against an Alabama doctor.

Al.com reports the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s Office dismissed charges against 70-year-old James Fullerton Hooper on Wednesday.

Before his June 2016 arrest, he owned Dr. James Hooper’s Clinic in Tuscaloosa and had been chief psychiatrist at Taylor Hardin.

Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Teena Richardson has said the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force began investigating Hooper after getting complaints that he prescribed huge amounts of pain medication without any medical verification.

She said in 2016 that “hundreds” of charges were pending.

Hooper’s attorney, Joel Sogol, says the law is clear that a physician cannot be charged for writing prescriptions for his patients. He is not sure of Hooper’s professional plans, noting he’s been out of work for 18 months.

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