Doctor arrested on drug charges in Clarion County
A Clarion psychiatrist who operated four Suboxone maintenance clinics in northwestern Pennsylvania was arrested Tuesday on charges of illegally prescribing and distributing pills in exchange for money and sex.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane identified Dr. Thomas Radecki, 67, as the largest purchaser and distributor of Subutex in the United States.
Subutex and Suboxone are commonly used to treat opiate dependency.
The investigation resulted in the closure of his clinics in Clarion, Venango, Mc-Kean and Clearfield counties.
A statewide investigating grand jury recommended the criminal charges, Kane said.
According to the presentment, Radecki operated the clinics under the name Doctors and Lawyers for a Drug Free Youth to dispense and sell controlled substances, including Subutex, Adderall and Ritalin, drugs commonly used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Agents estimate that in 2011 and 2012, Radecki purchased and distributed more than 183,000 doses of Subutex, 19,000 doses of Adderall and 28,000 doses of Ritalin, with a total estimated street value of more than $5 million.
Evidence disclosed that many patients did not use the medications sold by Radecki, but instead resold the pills, Kane said.
Radecki is accused of having inappropriate physical contact and sexual relationships with multiple female patients, including some who lived and worked at his clinics, investigators said.
He is charged with prescribing outside accepted treatment principles, participating in a corrupt organization, criminal conspiracy, dealing in unlawful proceeds, theft by deception and insurance fraud.
Radecki was arraigned and released on $25,000 bail.