PARKERBURG, W.Va. — A Parkersburg emergency room doctor allegedly wrote illegal prescriptions for pills according to police.


Dr. Robert Hogan was arrested Friday by West Virginia State Police.

Dr. Robert Hogan II, 32, of Coolville, Ohio, was arrested by State Police Friday on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance. Troopers said Hogan’s arrest was part of a doctor prescription pill investigation that’s been taking place for several months.

Hogan, who is employed at Camden Clark Medical Center, allegedly wrote multiple prescriptions for oxycodone to people without a medical examination. In exchange, they were required to give Hogan half of the pills.

Hogan is housed in the North Central Regional Jail on $250,000 bail.

State Police said the investigation would continue.


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  • Shocked

    He is not a monster. He is actually one of the nicest people I have ever met. Apparently he made a mistake and needs help. Everyone makes mistakes. One sin is equal to any other in the eyes of God. Be careful judging others when you don't know all of the facts.

    • Dave

      Not a monster, bullcrap. He is a contributor to a seriously crippling epidemic. Just because he is a doctor..."poor guy needs help" That is BS

      • Name

        Contributor? He didn't sell a single pill. He was feeding his own addiction. Not saying it's right but he can't be classified as a dealer if he didn't sell a pill.

      • roy

        no its not because he is a dr its because he is a human being that he needs help you want to be angry be angry it the manufacturing industry who refuse to except responsabilty or alter ther formula to not include in addictive element !!

    • skdaniels

      I agree with you. Addiction is not limited just to street people and it is impossible to kick it without professional help,

      • dewspot

        I agree that prescription drug use is an illness the same as alcohol. People need the right place and the right people to help them through the addiction. If used as prescribed I see no problem. If you aren't rich, then you get no help.

        • Bob

          It's not an illness. If I go outside without my coat on I don't catch drug addiction. If I get too close to a crackhead, I don't turn into a junkie. It's something that people do to themselves on purpose. They made the choice to put poison in their body and turn themselves into junkies. There's enough information out there these days to the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco that ignorance is no longer a valid excuse. The guy might be nice but he did this to himself and in the process he's helped to destroy the community he was supposed to serve. Good riddance.

          • Uncle Unctuous

            Golly, that's an impressive rebuttal of an assertion that no one made, i.e. that this doctor (doctor!) was ignorant of the dangers of drug use. Way to beat down that straw man. Yeesh.

          • Amy

            It is not an illness, its a disease, if you go outside without your coat would you catch Cancer from the person sitting next to you. Do your research

          • SAF


  • Concerned

    I doubt seriously that Dr. Hogan is a monster. Too many of us are quick to throw stones without knowing all the facts and when we are so imperfect ourselves. Alcohol and drug addiction are illnesses and need to be viewed as such by the system. I am amazed by how much effort and money is spent addressing the consequences rather than the illness. Although, by the tenor of these comments, I shouldn't be surprised.

  • solution guy

    This slob is a small part of the largest problem facing this country. RAMPANT DRUG USE. Drug addicts cannot be rehabed. They don't want to. They want to suck our society dry and have everyone pay for their free ride. Meanwhile they destroy everyone close to them. We need Chinese style laws here. Exterminate all the drug addicts and dealers.

    • Anon

      Drug addicts be exterminated? Do yourselves a favor and watch the pleasure unwoven. Addiction is a disease. Addict brains are different than those non-addicts. Fact. Those non addicts judging addicts isn't just or fair. No one was placed here to judge- that's Gods job. He made a mistake due to his addiction and is now dealing w those repercussions. Have you never made a mistake? Look in the mirror before judging someone else. He got help. He also saved many lives... Maybe even some of those you know. He's an outstanding person and doctor, regardless of his mistake.

    • None ya business

      You are just sick!!! They need to exterminate u for ignorance!!!

    • solution guy blew moco and my dog

      Solution guy and moco are child molesters and the world worst problem

    • MOCO man

      You are right on it solution guy.......druggies aren't the only ones that need to be purged.......might as well purge the pedophiles, murders, thieves and clean things up a little......

  • Anonymous

    It can happen to any person/family. I am not saying what he did was right in any way, but he needs help. And people posting comments, think how his family is feeling or thinking. They don't need more heartache through internet comments.

  • jim

    I haven't read one comment about the several lives ruined he ruined to supply his own addiction. I say hang him because I don't believe a person that takes the Hippocratic oath, then violates it by dealing drugs cannot be rehabilitated ....just saying

    • mike

      So let's hang this guy and not child molesters and rapists.. good call

  • SuttyWV

    Sure wasn't writing Rx for fat-loss pills...

    • mike

      seriously dude..

  • ViennaGuy

    And making pseudoephedrine prescription-only will stop the meth problem.



    • KeatonsCorner

      you do realize this has to do with a completely different drug, right?

      Meth and Oxy are like comparing water and motor oil

      • The bookman

        The point is that making a drug, any drug, prescription only doesn't insulate it from being accessible to abusers of the drug. This doc exemplifies just one way a prescription medication can be accessed by addicts. That is the analogy.

  • nurse

    This man was a clinically excellent physician. This goes to show that substance abuse is an issue among all socioeconomic classes. This man is not a "monster". He is a man with an illness and in need of treatment....but guess what. WV has VERY FEW substance abuse treatment centers. But we are beginning to have plenty of methadone clinics to supply those in need of a substance to abuse! Maybe we should start with giving folks a chance to recover. Certainly ostrisizing them, calling them monsters, and posting their faces on the internet isn't going help the problem a bit.

    • None ya business

      Please ppl stop talking about an issue u clearly know nothing about!!!! Methadone clinics are good if u really want off dope!!! You can abuse anything!!!!

    • thornton

      I would not consider this fella a "clinically excellent physician" if he had moments of being under the influence of a guess is that those "moments" were at random times and for random durations.....I would not want my family to be around that fella and hope he was clear-headed.

      He needs help...he also needs to get gone from any connection with diagnosing illnesses or giving medical sympathy for weakness and bad decisions here. It is a shame that other medical professionals circle the wagons....kinda reminds me of the sad actions of a church or football team.

    • Jason412


      If this guy wanted to go to rehab I'm certain he could have, especially considering he lived in Ohio not WV. But you're right, methadone clinics in WV are on the rise. So why was he breaking the law and risking his livelihood when he could have legally got a "substance to abuse". At least with clinics a good portion of patients can have functional lives and they don't lock you up and put your face on the internet. It's also frequently used as a "stepping stone" towards rehab for people who truly want to get clean.

      If someone doesn't want to get clean rehab doesn't work any better then a clinic or cold turkey.

    • WV Proud

      Nurse, you are absolutely correct. The WV Board of Nursing is a perfect example of what's been wrong in this state for a long time. They do nothing to return excellent nurses to their profession after successful completion of rehab. But they do plenty to destroy their life and careers. The board is full of dinosaurs who eat their young. Self medicating and abuse of prescription pills especially after an injury is evident across this nation. This doctor crossed line for sure, but he is worth a valiant attempt to salvage his life and another chance to perform. But he will never see that opportunity. Society, the state legislature and the WV BON and physicians boards simply want to destroy them completely. Time for a change at the BON and other boards.

      • MOCO man

        Blaming the Board and everyone else is part of the problem. He doesn't have an illness. He made very bad and stupid choices and didnt give a crap about his career or the people he was illegally supplying pills to. He deserves what he gets......

      • The bookman

        Health care professional lead very stressful lives, and on that we can all agree. But that fact does not qualify them for special treatment under the law. And in terms of substance abuse rehabilitation, where possible, they should certainly have access to treatment. But upon completion of a successful program, the last place they should go would be back into the same setting that led to the abuse to begin with. Addicts are addicts for life. Rehab doesn't cure them. Successful rehab allows for the re-integration of the addict back into society. So I would have to agree with the "dinosaurs" in doing everything possible to keep addicts away from dispensing or prescribing narcotics. Just good public policy IMHO!

        • Nurse

          I don't think he is a monster. He has a problem and needs help. However, he shouldn't be allowed to practice medicine. The public shouldn't have to suffer if he will relapse. He will have to find another profession for his safety and the safety of the public.

          • The bookman

            Reasonable in my book. I don't know him, nor his situation. But concur with your conclusions.

    • ViennaGuy

      - Certainly ostrisizing them, calling them monsters, and posting their faces on the internet isn't going help the problem a bit. -

      Are you saying that the arrest and incarceration should have been hushed up?

      Doesn't the public have a right to know what he did?

  • RX

    William, you apparently are not a pharmacist and don't understand all the historic information available before filling a prescription.

    • William

      Well RX, why don't you explain it to us? Because pharmacies are not linked together to see what gets filled where, and as long its not covered by insurance its not tracked. So that would be a good place to start.

  • Iron Mike

    What is the cost to WV taxpayers when every Medicaid patient has to make an appointment to get cold medication? Not to mention the bus fare to get there and back. And for what? A prescription hasn't stopped anyone from abusing opiates, and it won't stop anyone from abusing Meth. Just add more expenses to taxpayers and non abusing patients. Ridiculous half baked attempt to address a much bigger and more complex problem.

    • Aaron

      Exactly. When you combine this with the fact that prescription requirements have not been overly effective in Oregon or Mississippi, it makes me wonder get our leaders are thinking to even consider the bill.

  • William

    Amen Jim N Charleston!
    And RX they go to random pharmacies.

  • Jim N Charleston

    Well thank heavans and the WV legislature that a prescription will soon be required for Claratin D and the other drugs used to make Meth. No way around that!

    • EMC2

      Laughable that some of these comments are castigating a Trauma Doctor who clearly has twice the intellectual capacity of 90% of WV's residents.

      • Sayl

        I agree he forgot more than most here know

    • MOCO man

      Yea, thanks so much that I will now have to miss work, go to a Dr. Just to treat my hay fever in the spring and again in the fall......

  • RX

    State Police get another Doctor! They need to get the pharmasists who are turning a blind eye to this as well.

  • wvtd

    thank you for taking this monster off of the street. he deals in death and destruction. this man has ruined many lives.

  • The bookman


    According to Senate President Kessler, you don't need an exam. You just pick up the phone and talk to the physician and he calls it in. Isn't that right?

    • Leroy j Gibbs

      If I were a doctor I would make them come in every time

    • Jason412


      Only a Schedule III or below can be called in. Oxycodone being a Schedule II can never be called in, even for Kessler. PSE, being non-addictive by its self, would certainly not be a Schedule II. Schedule III and below can also be wrote for multiple months and eligible for refills each month without the doctor calling it in or you seeing a doctor. That being the reason why WV changed Hydrocodone from Schedule III to Schedule II a year or so ago.

      I get the point you're trying to make but its apples and oranges.

      • The bookman

        The point was that Kessler was comparing apples to oranges, in that people could contact their doctor and have them call in a scrip without being seen, and that was an easy and transferable process since he can do that with his blood pressure meds. He has a diagnosis with his physician, and a relationship. And, by the way, is the Senate President. Most people who use PSE for allergy and congestion relief wouldn't be in that same situation. Both comments were absurd, his and mine, thus the analogy.

        Thanks for the details on the schedules however. I am not up to speed on pharmaceuticals and prescription law. Don't think for this situation the law came into play anyway, sadly. What a waste of his life and probably countless others involved.

        • Aaron

          Additionally, doctors who simply phone it in will be under intense scrutiny from LEO's thus I would predict that unless a doctor has a very good relationship with a patient, the likelihood of them phoning in a script are slim to none.

        • Jason412

          I get what your saying. I've just noticed a common misconception, more in real life than here on metronews, is that someone who suffers from allergies will have to see the doctor every month. When in reality any decent doctor would write a prescription with several monthly refills. One doctor visit should cover 6 months if not 12 months for the average Joe with chronic allergy congestion, but I'm not positive on just how many refills PSE will be eligible for.

          • The bookman

            I quickly read a few articles on the Florida pill mill legislation from 2011 and on the surface I wouldn't have had too many objections. Most of the legislation surrounded proper documentation, requiring pharmacists to dispense the pain meds instead of the doc in the office(no brainer), and tracking the distribution chain. I did not like the ability of law enforcement to retrieve records without the need of a search warrant. And although the results were stellar in regard to the pill mills in Florida, the problem migrated north to Geogia and the addicts replaced the prescription opioids with cheap heroin, just like meth on the west coast. So while we're chasing our tail, attempting to solve such problems and senseless pain to families and communities, the distributors and dealers relocate and the addicts hang in the shadows and find their new fix. Problem solved, new problem waiting. That's my take on the war on drugs!

          • The bookman

            Jason: Didn't follow it. And as we've seen in Southern WV, and continue to see today in Parkersburg , Doc shopping and bad apple docs are not a thing of 5-10 years ago. It only takes a few to do all the damage. Not to mention the availability of Nexafed and others without prescription that provide PSE. It's not going away until the desire for meth is replaced by a cheaper drug or easier high. That's what I believe to be true. I know we differ, and I hope your'e right and I'm wrong.

          • Jason412

            I'm not saying every person will be treated the same. And I may be wrong on the numbers, but hydrocodone as Schedule III was given to chronic pain patients in 3 to 6 month prescriptions so based off the way Kessler explained it on Talkline I expect it to be similiar.

            Something you have to consider is any doctor who cherishes his career won't be prescribing it to someone who comes in with pupils the size of dinner plates and scabs on their face. I don't know if you've seen the "Faces of Meth"before and after pictures, but in my experience of seeing people in my town it's accurate.

            You'll have doctor's like this guy but
            doctor's are being watched a lot closer then they were 10 or even 5 years ago.

            It's kind of off topic, but I have to ask, were you against the legislation passed in Florida a couple years ago that shut down all the pill mills?

          • The bookman

            Wouldn't a large number of refills per scrip defeat the purpose of the bill?

    • Aaron

      To be paid for by West Virginia taxpayers with their newly printed Medicaid cards.