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Detroit Physician Summarily Suspended for Overprescribing Controlled Substances

Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280

July 20, 2018 - The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served an order summarily suspending the medical license of Detroit physician Charise Lanette Valentine for overprescribing controlled substances.

The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.

LARA also served an accompanying administrative complaint on Valentine, alleging that she prescribed controlled substances for other than lawful diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and failed to conform to minimal standards of acceptable practice.

LARA’s complaint indicates that Valentine was a top prescriber of oxycodone and oxymorphone -- both commonly abused and diverted controlled substances -- in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.

An order of summary suspension is a temporary measure to protect the public and not a final determination that a licensee has violated the Public Health Code.

LARA encourages all concerned residents, patients, parents and peers to file complaints against health professionals who may allegedly be risking public health, safety or welfare.

LARA values and relies on complaints from patients and residents to spur investigations into licensed health professionals who are potentially violating the Public Health Code.

For more information on filing a complaint with the department, visit or review the Citizen’s Guide to Filing a Complaint.

For more information about LARA, please visit
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