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Vt. doctor disciplined for violating rules

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Medical Practice Board has disciplined a doctor, saying he violated rules in treating nine patients addicted to opiates.

The board said Michael Schorsch can't have his license reinstated until he takes an ethics course. It said Schorsch engaged in unprofessional conduct by failing to document patient histories, conduct pill counts or require urine screens.

Schorsch, based in Lebanon, N.H., told the Burlington Free Press the panel ignored his efforts to help protect people. He said there were no allegations of bad outcomes or poor care.

Schorsch said in January the board was too focused on technical procedures and didn't understand the breadth of the opiate addict "war zone" he was trying to address.

New Hampshire's medical board also investigated Schorsch. It decided against disciplining him in 2011.

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