73-year-old Lawrenceburg doctor indicted on drug trafficking charge

A Lawrenceburg doctor has been arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

Dr. Kenneth Hines, 73, was indicted by an Anderson County grand jury on Sept. 19 on a charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

WKYT-TV reported that state police arrested Hines at his office on West Broadway in Lawrenceburg on Wednesday, and that he was indicted for trafficking morphine.

The station reported that the Drug Enforcement Agency “took Hines’ license to write prescriptions.”

Anderson Circuit Court records indicate that he posted $10,000 cash bond Wednesday.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Oct. 3.

Hines, who specializes in general medicine, has been the subject of investigation by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure in recent years.

A board investigator found in 2013 that “Dr. Hines’ lack of attention to refills of controlled substances allowed multiple patients to get early refills at different pharmacies.”

After that, Hines entered into an agreement with the board that required him to take a course on prescribing controlled drugs and pay a $5,000 fine and $2,000 to reimburse the board for the investigation.

While Hines was initially prohibited from prescribing controlled substances, the Board of Medical Licensure chose to reinstate his prescribing privileges in 2014, on the condition that he maintain a careful log of each prescription he wrote for controlled substances.

But, according to board documents, a medical investigator who looked at his log on Dec. 22 found that “he had not recorded 42 percent of prescriptions written.”

In February, Hines entered into a second agreed order with the board that fined him $1,000 plus board costs. He was still required to keep a log of prescriptions for controlled substances that would be subject to review by the board’s agents or consultants.

The board of medical licensure says Hines graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1971.

Herald-Leader staff writer Morgan Eads contributed to this report. Karla Ward: 859-231-3314, @HLpublicsafety