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3:53 PM Sun, Nov. 18th

Investigation into ER doctor reveals possible addiction

Police believe that Dr. Brent McKay, a local emergency room physician at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, may have had an addiction to the prescription narcotic drugs Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, which led him to ask his wife and four friends to obtain the drugs illegally.

"We believe based on our investigation that Dr. McKay had an addiction and was asking friends to do that favor," said Lt. Ken Morley, Prescott Police Department. "It appears that McKay was writing prescriptions for his friends and they were getting him the pills. He also took a prescription that was written by another doctor for legitimate purposes and made copies of it. The amount he had was incredible."

CVS originally broke this case by noticing the forged prescription and alerting police. "All of the pharmacies involved were very cooperative. We were able to link the doctor to many prescriptions of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone," Morley said. "It was suspicious to have that level of the medications for someone in ER - it didn't add up. Usually, if a patient has a severe injury, a doctor would give these drugs for a couple of days to relieve pain and then have the patient assessed by their regular doctor.

"These are extremely potent medications," he added. "They are used for very serious illness - in a lot of cases, for terminal cases."

McKay and five people involved are not in physical custody because they do not appear to be dangerous or a flight risk, according to Morley. Police served all of the suspects with a summons and they must appear in Yavapai County Superior Court within 30 days.

McKay's charges include seven felony counts including fraud and forgery in order to obtain prescription only medication. The Daily Courier was not able to reach McKay's attorney, Jim Sears, for comment at press time.

Deputies charged McKay's wife, Melanie McKay, Billie Faye Pratt, David Pratt and Marla Swartz O'Driscoll each with one felony count of using fraudulent means to obtain a prescription of Oxycodone. They charged Mary Jo Amos with one felony count of using fraudulent means to obtain a prescription of Oxycodone and one misdemeanor count of providing false information to law enforcement.

Contact the reporter at jtwaddell@prescottaz.com