Originally created 07/12/01

Pediatrician charged in drug distribution



An Augusta pediatrician charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers surrendered to authorities at the Richmond County jail Wednesday.

Tito Carlos Sobrinho, 64, of Conifer Court, faces felony counts of distribution of meperidine and distribution of Vicodin.

Meperidine is the generic name for Demerol. Vicodin made headlines recently when Friends star Matthew Perry admitted an addiction to the drug and checked himself into a rehabilitation center.

Richmond County District Attorney Danny Craig said he did not know the details of the case, but he said it might involve the doctor prescribing the drugs to women, possibly in their 20s.

"Our investigation showed he did not have the authority under these circumstances," Mr. Craig said.

Dr. Sobrinho has a practice on J. Dewey Gray Circle. He is also affiliated with some local hospitals, including Doctors Hospital, spokeswoman Ginger Tyra said.

A woman who answered the phone at his residence Wednesday night said he had an emergency call at the hospital and was not home. According to the jail, he had not bonded out at the time.

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