Lock Him Up –
August 9, 2018 – “The caller then said that Stehl had given [the patient] his cellular telephone number and told [the patient] to “call if [she] needed a refill,” the complaint cited. The investigator states he checked Stehl’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Report, or PDMP, which stores information about the prescribing of controlled substances in Alabama. That report showed ‘extensive and alarming’ prescribing habits, ranking Stelh’s prescription rate 116 of 12,843 providers in Alabama in 2018. “That puts him in the top 0.9 percent of all prescribers,” according to the court record. The investigator solicited statements from local pharmacists that ‘turned away’ some of Stehl’s patients due to the quantities of controlled substances he would prescribe.