A 49-year-old Salem man, James B. Conn, is facing two felony charges that started with him visiting the Fulton County Sheriff's Office to ask for instructions about carrying out a request from his former doctor.
According to the affidavit for arrest, Conn came to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office May 26 and asked to speak to someone about a procedure his former doctor, Dr. Denise Oldenburg, was having her patients do with the medication she was prescribing to them. Conn said Dr. Oldenburg was telling them to empty the bottles and bring them back to her office when they came in so she could dispose of them. Conn said he didn't know if she wanted them to take all the medicine and then bring the bottles in or if she wanted the patient to empty them into another container and take the bottles to her.
According to the affidavit, Officer Doug Niendick knew that Conn had a concealed carry permit and had been involved in a situation where he had been banned from a local business. Officer Niendick performed a pat-down of Conn. During the pat-down, Niendick located a plastic sandwich baggie that contained 10, 80 mg Oxycodone tablets.
The affidavit says that Officer Niendick called Dr. Oldenburg and asked about the prescription medication in Conn's possession. Oldenburg advised the officer to seize the pills from Conn and that he did not have a current prescription for them. She stated that Conn should have used the pills up at least a month prior to the date.
On May 28, Officer Johnny Byler with the Salem Police Department arrested Conn at his home. During the arrest, Byler conducted a pat-down of Conn and found a plastic pill bottle with the label removed containing 177, 30 mg Oxycodone tablets.
Conn was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, Oxycodone (schedule II), a class B felony and possession of a prescribed narcotic drug outside of the container in which it was dispensed.
Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said that the abuse of prescription medications has become a big problem in the area. "It seems that Dr. Oldenburg's name is on a lot of these prescription bottles that contain the pills we seize. That's probably the reason she's having her patients return the bottles to her."
Oldenburg was placed on a two-year monitoring program after allegations of over-prescribing medications were dismissed by the Arkansas State Medical Board June 6, 2008, in Little Rock.