A Mount Pleasant attorney was suspended last week as he faces an allegation that he acquired the same prescribed drug from two different doctors.
Daniel Nathan Hughey, who specializes in personal-injury lawsuits from his office on Chuck Dawley Boulevard, had been arrested Jan. 9 on a charge of unlawfully obtaining a controlled substance. The count is a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years behind bars and a $2,000 fine.
The 39-year-old resident of Middle Street in Sullivan's Island was booked into the Charleston County jail and released later that day on his own recognizance. It was his first arrest in South Carolina, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
A message left with an employee at his office Monday was not immediately returned.
Citing the criminal case, Chief Justice Jean Toal on Wednesday signed an order temporarily suspending Hughey from practicing law, according to S.C. Supreme Court paperwork. Another order is required for the suspension to be lifted.
Hughey graduated from the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina School of Law, according to his firm's website. He has been a S.C. Bar member since 2000, the year he got his law degree.
His website, which has been disabled, stated that Hughey typically handles civil litigation involving traffic wrecks, workplace accidents, product liability and nursing-home abuse. His firm has reeled in $29 million in settlements and verdicts, according to the website.
His arrest resulted from an investigation by the Bureau of Drug Control, an arm of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
An arrest affidavit stated that Hughey had a prescription for amphetamine salts, a Schedule II controlled substance, but that he got the pills from two different doctors between July 1 and Dec. 31. He never told his second doctor that another physician had prescribed him the drug more commonly known by the brand Adderall, according to the document completed by bureau Inspector Brian Walker.
The doctors, James McKinney and Robert Durant, told the investigator that they didn't know Hughey was getting the pills from two sources, the affidavit stated.
The medication is commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It's a stimulant that aids a user's concentration and alertness, but it's also commonly misused.
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