Mississippi Board of Health chairman disciplined

Published: May. 20, 2017 at 11:15 PM CDT
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Mississippi's Board of Medical Licensure has disciplined the chairman of the state Board of Health.

Dr. Luke Lampton, who practices in Magnolia, admitted to the board that he had signed extra prescriptions in case his patients who rely on a drug for opioid addiction ran out of medication. He told the board Thursday he had done so out of fear a problem would arise while he was on vacation.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Lampton told the board he realizes he made a mistake and deeply regrets it.

Under a consent order, the board suspended Lampton's license for six months, but held the order in abeyance. That means he can continue to practice and, if no further problems arise during a year, the order would be dismissed.