A Pasco County doctor's office has been shut down after a two-year prescription pill investigation.
Authorities accused Dr. Malcolm Foster of over-prescribing dangerous drugs, putting patients at risk of addiction, overdose and death.
Investigators say 75 percent of his patients were being prescribed Oxycodone, Soma and Xanax. Detectives tell FOX 13 Foster did not have the proper license to prescribe the pills.
A special license is required under the controlled substance law in Florida.
"He was a drug dealer to over a thousand people," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco." "Think about that. Over a thousand people, he was their drug dealer."
Parent Ross Coil said his 31-year-old son Jeremy died in 2010 after struggling with addiction. The former athlete suffered from injuries and later moved to Florida. He became one of Dr. Foster's patients.
"Not only did Dr. Foster prescribe the opiates to him again, but he dramatically increased the dosage and the amount," said Coil. "it was either double or triple what he had ever had before."
Two years ago detectives searched Dr. Foster's home.They say they caught him trying to burn evidence in a fire pit.
Investigatore are still looking into several deaths related to foster prescribing too many pills to patients.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
Didn't find what you were looking for?