Local Physician Arrested for Forging Prescription

He's supposed to help others heal, but a local physician has been charged with illegally medicating himself.

Dr. Tracy Goen was arrested by Brazos County's Special Investigations Unit Friday. According to authorities, the 48-year-old was attempting to fill a forged prescription for hydrocodone at an area pharmacy.

Officials at that store told police Goen presented a prescription for the drug on a sheet written for another. When pharmacists contacted the physician whose name was on the sheet, they were told the prescription had not been signed off on. Authorities were contacted and arrested Goen.

Following his arrest, more completed fraudulent prescriptions were found in his vehicle. Police say Goen admitted to an addiction to the drug.

The family practice physician who is listed as a part of Brazos Valley Urgent care faces a third degree felony charge.

Hydrocodone is a cough suppressant and analgesic agent, according to the US Drug Enforcement Agency, which adds that abuse of the drug is growing. It is also one of the most prescribed drugs in the country, with nearly 130 million prescriptions filled in 2006, according to DEA.

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