News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2006

Greenwich Oral Surgeon Settles Civil Allegations Under The Controlled Substances Act

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that WALTER F. BLOES, DMD, age 46, with an office located at 1171 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside, Connecticut, has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the United States to resolve allegations that he violated the Civil Penalty Provisions under the Controlled Substances Act. Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton approved the settlement yesterday, May 2.

The Government alleges that BLOES failed to keep complete and proper receiving and dispensing records for Demerol, a Schedule II Narcotic Substance, and failed to take and maintain a complete and accurate biennial inventory of all stocks of controlled substances in violation of the law.

“The law imposes a duty to keep accurate counts of controlled substances on hand by those registrants who choose to dispense them,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated. “It is important to the public’s well-being that these laws are strictly adhered to by those licensed by DEA.”

Pursuant to the civil settlement agreement, BLOES will pay $10,000 to the United States in order to satisfy the Government’s claims that the Civil Penalty Provisions of the Controlled Substances Act were violated. In addition, BLOES has agreed to voluntarily give up his DEA registration, which will preclude him from writing prescriptions for controlled substances for a period of six months.

In entering into the civil settlement agreement, BLOES did not admit liability and the agreement indicates that the parties entered into the settlement to avoid the uncertainty and expense of litigation.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration – Office of Diversion Control in Hartford, and the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, Drug Control Division.