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FAMILY DOCTOR LOSES RIGHT TO PRESCRIBE DRUGS

A family doctor who admits to having a drug abuse problem has lost his license to prescribe controlled substances.

The state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing also placed Steven A. Stone's license to practice medicine on probation for five years. He cannot apply for a new controlled substance license until the probation on his medical license expires.According to documents filed by the division, Stone admitted to investigators that beginning in 1993, while maintaining an office as a family practitioner in Murray, he issued prescriptions to several patients without recording them on the patients' charts. He admitted that beginning in 1994 he met with and wrote prescriptions for several patients in his own vehicle, and admitted to testing positive for opiates and benzodiazepines on seven occasions in 1994.

Stone was previously disciplined by the division in 1989 for allegedly sharing prescriptions with several of his patients. His controlled substance license was placed on probation for three years at that time.

While his medical license is on probation, Stone must take random drug tests and practice only under the supervision of another doctor.

The division, an office of the state Department of Commerce, regulates and licenses more than 50 professions and occupations in Utah including physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, architects, engineers, contractors and cosmetologists. It oversees 117,000 individual licenses.

The following is a summary of investigations and actions taken by the division in recent weeks. All information is compiled from stipulations, orders and other documents filed by the division:

- Alumaline Corp. of America, a licensed contractor, was reprimanded for unlawful conduct for submitting a bid in excess of its monetary limit.

- Balsam Property Management Inc. surrendered its license to practice as a contractor.

- Dar Electric surrendered its license to practice as a contractor.

- Marshall Smith Decker, who retired in 1983, surrendered his licenses to practice medicine and to prescribe controlled substances. The division alleged that between 1989 and 1994, Decker issued at least 128 prescriptions for controlled substances and other medications for his wife and 48 for himself without keeping records of the treatments. Decker did not admit to or deny the charges.

- The practical nurse's license of Dixie L. Jeffery was placed on probation for two years. Jeffrey, who now lives in Nevada, admitted that in 1995 she signed forms indicating she had performed tuberculosis skin tests on five patients when in fact she did not conduct such tests on those patients.

- Gregory Ray Johnston, owner of Johnston Animal Hospital in Ogden, agreed to have his veterinarian's license placed on probation for five years. The division alleged that during a four-year period ending in December 1994, Johnston diagnosed and treated five animals that died afterward. It also alleged Johnston ineffectively or improperly spayed or neutered 13 animals during the same period. Johnston accepted the probation without admitting guilt.

- Rodney S. Kennedy surrendered his registration as a health-care assistant.

- The clinical social worker's license of A. Spencer Paschal was revoked. The division determined Paschal failed to disclose his criminal record when he applied for the license in 1993.

- The general contractor's license of Outzen Plumbing was revoked because the company failed to pay a $600 fine and $200 in fees connected with a 1993 citation for contracting without a license.

- David A. Wells surrendered his registration as a health-care assistant after admitting he "unnecessarily pushed a patient and taunted him verbally" while working in a St. George care facility for the elderly.

The Division of Real Estate licenses 16,000 Utah real estate brokers, agents and appraisers. It took the following action recently:

- Taylor Homes Inc. and its representatives - D. Gordon Taylor, Kim C. Turner, Shane Campbell, Randy Burnham, Cathleen Harris and Kaylene Bitter - were ordered to stop acting as real estate sales agents until they become licensed to do so.