Southfield Physician's Controlled Substance License Summarily Suspended for Overprescribing

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January 22, 2018 – The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served an order summarily suspending the controlled substance license of Southfield physician Solomon Adu-Beniako. 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 Adu-Beniako, alleging that he prescribed controlled substances without good faith and failed to maintain effective controls against drug diversion.

LARA’s complaint indicates that Adu-Beniako frequently prescribed commonly abused and diverted medications to patients. Some patients traveled more than 200 miles to his medical office to obtain controlled substances.  

Governor Rick Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force called for a more comprehensive enforcement program against licensed health professionals and facilities who participate in overprescribing and over dispensing.  Accordingly, LARA created a permanent Drug Monitoring Section which focuses on identifying, investigating, and pursuing appropriate disciplinary actions against individuals who overprescribe or divert controlled substances, and individuals and facilities who over dispense controlled substances.

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.

For more information of LARA’s regulation of health professions in Michigan, please go to michigan.gov/healthlicense.

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