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Delaware doc accused of trading drugs for sex loses license

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware has permanently revoked the license of a doctor accused of prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favors from a female patient undergoing treatment for long-term drug addiction.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the state Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline this week revoked the license of Nihar B. Gala, who oversaw the pain management and addiction treatment center Alpha Care Medical.

State prosecutors say Gala took the woman off Suboxone and prescribed her large amounts of Oxycodone and Fentanyl.

Gala denies the allegations, which his lawyer has said are part of a conspiracy to hurt Gala's career.

The state is asking for any of Gala's patients who sought treatment for substance abuse to contact the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health's crisis helpline at 800-345-6785.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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