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Longtime Ford City Doctor Accused Of Abusing Painkillers

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FORD CITY (KDKA) — For nearly 30 years, Dr. Terence Moore has practiced family medicine in ford city.

His office on Fourth Avenue looks like a set for “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

“He’s always treated me right and he’s always tried to help me,” said patient Evelyn Wagner.

But Dr. Moore’s medical license has been temporarily suspended by the state while investigators from the Attorney General’s office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Armstrong County District Attorney look into allegations of prescription painkiller abuse.

“And whenever I found out all this stuff people’s saying about him, I cried,” said Wagner.

It alleges that the 59-year-old from Kittanning ordered excessive amounts of painkillers including: Morphine Sulphate, Ultram, Xanax, Hydrocodone and Oxycontin for his personal use.

It further states that Moore “staggered while walking and slurred his speech” after taking pills in front of medical students in his office.

This suspension order also indicates that Dr. Moore told investigators than he has been under a physician’s care for pain management.

An online patient review relates that Dr. Moore “seemed rushed and uninterested in my lower back pain even though he said he had major back problems himself… it felt like he was in a hurry to get somewhere else.”

“No way, no way,” Wagner said. “I don’t believe it — I don’t believe it at all.”

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