Pharmacist charged with providing methadone in unlicensed clinic

March 25, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A registered pharmacist surrendered to federal drug enforcement officials in Harford County yesterday after being indicted on charges that he ran an unlicensed methadone clinic in Joppa.

James E. Hodges, owner and program director of J & H Home Health Services of Harford County, was indicted this month on charges of distributing methadone and levomethadyl acetate hydrochloride, two drugs used to treat narcotics addiction.

An investigation by agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Maryland State Police led to allegations that about 100 clients were receiving the drugs daily from Hodges' business in the 600 block of Pulaski Highway in Joppa.

A search warrant was served on the business in January, and clients were transferred to other narcotics treatment programs, officials said.

Hodges was charged with two counts of distribution of controlled substances in excess of 28 grams; two counts of distribution of controlled substances; two counts of possession of a controlled substance; two counts of possession with intent to distribute; and one count of practicing medicine without a license.

No one answered the telephone at Hodges' office yesterday. On the answering machine, someone identifying himself as "Dr. Hodges" stated that the business was open to provide psychoanalysis and "advice about nonnarcotic detoxification."

Pub Date: 3/25/97

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