Health dept suspends surgeon's license following drug charges

A surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital charged with forging prescriptions for himself and other employees has had his license to practice medicine suspended.

The Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline suspended Dr. Robert Villarreal's license and the license of his nursing assistant based on evidence from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Villarreal is accused of writing fake prescriptions to obtain Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, and Ativan for himself and other hospital employees. His nursing assistant Gary Menissian allegedly helped deliver and fill some of the forged prescriptions.

DEA agents say Villarreal admitted to taking around 20 Adderall pills a day and performing surgery under their influence. Rhode Island hospital revoked his hospital privileges on Wednesday.

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Read the Villarreal and Menissian affidavit here

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