Alen Salerian, Washington,D.C. Pain Doctor, fighting government efforts to ban him from prescribing pain prescriptions

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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) ---Wisconsin Avenue pain doctor Alen Salerian is fighting efforts by the DC government to ban him from prescribing Class Two narcotics, drugs he says are necessary to the well-being of his patients. He appears at an administrative hearing at the DC Health Department later today, appealing a decision in April that has stopped him from writing the prescriptions.

In a plot worthy of Hollywood, Salerian's office was burglarized in January of 2010 when hundreds of prescription pads disappeared.

A former worker has told Salerian that another former worker " was on the side running a drug business and was selling my prescriptions," he said.

One was those prescriptions was filled by a Virginia man who apparently died because of complications from the drug.

"It's been a nightmarish experience because I have been falsely accused of having murdered, having killed a young man," he said

"It was Dilaudid, a prescription I've never, never written in my life. I do not even know the dosage," he said.

Salerian has been told thousands of his prescriptions have been sold up and down the east coast, using those stolen pads, with his signature repeatedly forged.

Health Department officials apparently believe Salerian too freely prescribes pain medication and moved to deny him the ability to write those prescriptions.

The Health Department has not responded to numerous 9News Now inquiries about the case.

Salerian agrees that he writes more pain prescriptions than many doctors, saying research shows pain causes permanent brain damage which he wants to prevent with the medication.

He knows his is a minority view but says he writes the prescriptions out of medical necessity.

Salerian is particularly upset that four of his patients have tried to commit suicide since their medications stopped after the DC government action in April. Three of those patients succeeded, and died. Salerian fears other patients will follow.

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