COLDWATER — Coldwater doctor Christinia Whitaker, 42, has landed back in jail after being charged with illegal possession of the prescription drug amphetamine. This is the second time she has been arrested after 10 years.
Dr. Whitaker was driving back from Hillsdale County, when sheriff’s office deputies stopped her saying that she had participated with an undercover informant in an illegal exchange.
Hillsdale officers said that Dr. Whitaker writes prescription for drugs, and receives a part of it back as payment.
Steve Foster, who is branch County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, was notified that the exchange had taken place and that he should search for the pills of Vyvanse inside a cigarette pack.
Dr. Whitaker’s car was stopped by Foster on East Chicago Street in Coldwater and he found the pack and pills kept on the front seat. The police report says that Whitaker has admitted that those pills were amphetamine and also that she had no prescription for the Schedule II narcotic.
Vyvanse is a synthetically made amphetamine and a federally controlled substance. It can lead to dependence and can be abused by any individual.
There was another empty bottle of one of her patient’s, found in Whitaker’s car by the officer.
The bottle had 30-day dosage of amphetamine, and was dispensed seven days earlier, but it was now empty.
Whitaker was charged for the possession of the drug illegally, which is a two-year felony. Branch County District Court Judge Brent Weigle set her bond at $15,000, and preliminary proceedings for Feb. 23 and March 1.
Dr. Whitaker admitted on her own at the jail that she would test positive for amphetamines. The result confirmed the same and along with that, another substance THC was found, which is an active ingredient in marijuana.
Whitaker listed herself as a doctor for Adapt, in the employment section, on the jail booking form.
More charges could be filed against her later in Hillsdale County.
In 2007, Dr. Whitaker pleaded guilty for committing a fraud and obtaining prescription drug. As per Section 7411 of the public health code, she was kept in three years probation but was allowed to continue to practice medicine during this time.
She successfully completed the probation period, the record is sealed and no conviction is listed on her record.
Employees at the office where she used to work said that Dr. Whitaker had approached them to obtain the prescription drug Adderal for her. This drug is also a synthetic amphetamine.
State investigators found 37 doubtful prescriptions, out of which some were written to patients who gave them to Whitaker.
On this, Dr. Whitaker told Branch County Circuit Court Judge Michael Cherry that she needed Adderal in medical school to aid with her patient rapport. She said she used it again during a residency program, after she came to Coldwater because there was not enough time to take care of all the patients that required her attention.
During her probation, Dr. Whitaker was supposed to be monitored by another doctor who helped her complete the Health Professionals Recovery Program for the second time.
In 2014, her records were reviewed and it was determined by the investigators of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, that she had written prescriptions for four patients which included drugs like Adderall, as well as the narcotic pain killers Norco and Tramadol. She had failed to keep any patient records for all of those four people.
Dr. Whitaker signed a consent agreement with the state licensing board, on Sept. 3, 2015, where she agreed to going through a one-year administrative probation. She had to continue her education, while being under review by another physician, and while complying with the public health code. She was also fined for $500.
The probation had ended in last September. It was indicated through the records obtained by the Branch County Sheriff’s Office, that Whitaker might have been improperly prescribing drugs during her probation period as well.
More charges could be filed on her later in Hillsdale County.