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Pasco doctor arrested for running unlicensed pain clinic

New Port Richey, Florida -- A Pasco doctor was busted for operating an unlicensed pain clinic and writing over 1.3 million doses of pain medication to over 1,300 patients.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says it's been investigating 62-year-old Malcolm Foster since 2012, and that most of his patients were prescribed unusually high doses of pain medication consisting mainly of Oxycodone, Soma and Xanax.

"He was one of our biggest problems. We are very fortunate he is going to be going jail and we hope he will be there for a very long time," said Sheriff Nocco in a press conference Thursday.

The sheriff's office says Foster had not registered with the Florida Department of Health or received any specialized training during his time operating the pain clinic at 10130 U.S. 19 in Port Richey as required by Florida Statute 458.3265.

"He lost his license a couple of years ago for having sex with a patient," Sheriff Nocco said. "We're trying to paint a picture, this individual was the lowest of the low."

Victims include 32-year-old Jeremy Coyle who's oxycodone prescription was increased by Foster when his file said he was already addicted. And 37-year-old Arron Peterson who overdosed in 2012. His mother is still struggling with the loss.

"Its very hard. It's like every day is a battle because I expect him to pick the phone up and call me. We were real close," Peterson's mother told 10 News after the press conference.

Foster was charged with 12 counts of operation of an unlicensed pain clininc and has since bonded out of jail. However there may be more charges coming as Sheriff Nocco said there are several more death investigations they are looking into involving him.

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