Suspended physician pleads guilty to 2 drug-related charges

By John Hamilton -

WILMINGTON — A former local physician pleaded guilty to two of 14 drug-related charges Monday in Clinton County Common Pleas Court.

Shawn Swick, 41, of Wilmington, could face a maximum of six years in prison and a possible $20,000 fine, after pleading guilty to two counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs, with the other charges being dismissed. Each count is a felony 3 under the Ohio Revised Code 2925.22.

The former member of the Main Medical Inc. medical staff was suspended from practicing medicine after he admitted writing nearly 200 prescriptions for four powerful opiates for his personal use.

Swick confirmed the purpose of the forged prescriptions to Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck on Monday and told him he had since been getting treatment for his addiction.

In December an 11-page public-record document — titled “Step I Consent Agreement Between Shawn Michael Swick, M.D., and the State Medical Board of Ohio” — was signed by Swick.

The document states in part: “Dr. Swick admits that on or about October 1, 2018, he was ordered to go to an examination at Glenbeigh, a Board-approved treatment provider, in Rock Creek, Ohio, which began on or about November 11, 2018. Dr. Swick further admits that after the examination, he entered residential treatment for the diagnosis of Opiate Use Disorder at Glenbeigh on or about November 11, 2018, where he remains to date. Dr. Swick further admits that this examination and subsequent treatment were ordered and recommended because, during approximately the preceding five years, he had written nearly a combined 200 prescriptions, including Oxycodone, Hydromet, Percocet and Hydrocodone, for a patient and/or family members which were for his personal use.”

The document also stated, “The certificate of Dr. Swick to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Ohio shall be suspended for an indefinite period of time, but not less than 180 days. … Dr. Swick shall abstain completely from the personal use or personal possession of drugs, except those prescribed, dispensed or administered to him by another so authorized by law who has full knowledge of Dr. Swick’s history of chemical dependency.”

A sentencing date is scheduled for Sept. 5.

By John Hamilton

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