OKLAHOMA -- A hearing at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) began Wednesday for the metro doctor accused of running a pill mill.
Prescription privileges were suspended earlier this month for Dr. Harvey Jenkins. He hasn't been arrested or charged, but the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office is still investigating.
Dr. Jenkins arrived confident Wednesday, fighting to get his medical license back, while many of his patients showed to support him.
“I’m feeling great,” Jenkins said.
Two weeks ago, OBN served him an imminent danger order, suspending his license.
In a search of Jenkins’ south-side clinic, agents say they found pre-signed blank prescriptions, empty pill bottles, and more than 700 loose narcotic pills next to bottles of liquor.
“These are pretty rare circumstances. We have to be really comfortable with the amount of evidence to bring it to this level, and what we found inside the clinic was a big concern for us,” OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward said.
An OBN agent testified Wednesday that he went undercover at Jenkins’ clinic as a drug seeker, creating fake red flags on a prescription monitoring program doctors use.
The agent said he wasn't required to provide any medical records to Jenkins, only $550 in cash for his appointment.
The OBN attorney also pointed out that none of Jenkins’ staff has a medical license.
“I’m hoping he gets his license back because I think he's been wronged here,” former patient, Mark Reese said.
Several of Dr. Jenkins’ patients came to the hearing, telling us they think OBN is investigating the wrong doctor.
“They call him a pill mill doctor, and he's not one. He hasn't been charged, he hasn't been in jail,” Reese said.
Jenkins’ attorney not only denied the allegations, but argued Jenkins took measure to prevent drug abuse like mandatory labs at every patient’s visit.
As for the $550 appointment, he argued that should drive drug seekers away.
The hearing is expected to last another couple of days before a decision is made regarding the immediate suspension of Jenkins’ license.
Another full blown hearing is scheduled for next month.
OBN officials say they've investigated Jenkins on and off for the past four years.
Jenkins also owns a well-known Oklahoma City spa called Body Trends.