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Pinnacle doctor denies drug charges

The doctor of an Ironton clinic accused of drug crimes denied charges Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Adam P. Hall, 40, of 2673 Sawmill Green Road, Powell, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment of five second- and three third-degree counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree forgery, a fourth- and fifth-degree count of illegal processing of drug documents and a fifth-degree count of permitting drug abuse.

Judge Charles Cooper set bond at $100,000 own-recognizance. Hall was also ordered to surrender his passport and is not allowed to practice medicine while the case is pending.

A pretrial was set for Oct. 8.

Hall is being represented by Portsmouth-based attorney Matthew Loesch.

Hall, the doctor at the former Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center on Third Street, was indicted in August following a three-year investigation by the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, the county prosecutor’s and sheriff’s offices, Ironton Police Department, bureau of criminal investigations, state pharmacy board, state medical board, drug enforcement agency and the state attorney general’s office.

The business was shut down in March 2013 after search warrants were issued to seize patient records and other information. Hall’s medical license was subsequently suspended.

Among the reasons the board is considering a possible revocation of Hall’s license is one of the employees at the clinic is a convicted felon and a former physician whose license was suspended in 2008.

“Your office manager informed investigators Kevin Bowers independently examines patients and that Kevin Bowers issues prescriptions by using a signature stamp of your name and/or by filling out blank prescription slips you had presigned,” according to the notice of summary suspension. “Your office manager further stated that you worked at the Ironton location only three to four days each month and that you would routinely stamp and/or presign blank prescription slips for office staff to subsequently complete at a later date in order to provide patients with drugs, including controlled substances.”

Hall was to face the board numerous times to present arguments on why he should get his license back. Each time Hall requested a change in the date of the hearing before the board.