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Waterbury dentist accused of abusing prescription medication

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Dr. Mark Horowitz is under investigation after accusations of abusing prescription medications. (WFSB/obtained video) Dr. Mark Horowitz is under investigation after accusations of abusing prescription medications. (WFSB/obtained video)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Accusations of injuring patients, forging prescriptions, and even popping pills are the results of a lengthy investigation into a Waterbury dentist.

An associate dentist brought forward the concern that Dr. Mark Horowitz was allegedly abusing prescription medication.

As the state investigated, it said he was not only practicing with a suspended license, but also forging prescriptions.

In the complaint, the co-worker wrote "He has injured several patients with lip cuts, tongue burning with phosphoric acid and I had to assist him several times to complete surgical procedures."

According to the case file with the Department of Public Health, just last month a letter from New Jersey-based insurer Delta Dental claimed that even though Horowitz’s license was suspended in February of 2014, it had eight claims and 19 procedures listing Horowitz as the dentist. Even one as recent as this spring.

According to the insurers’ claim manager, "In addition, Dr. Horowitz called Delta Dental on May 22, 2016. During that recorded telephone call, one could interpret Dr. Horowitz's words to indicate he may be practicing with a suspended license. Furthermore, Dr. Horowitz made what can be interpreted as threats of violence against Delta Dental employees, which resulted in our contacting the police."

In addition to his medical license, Horowitz also surrendered his controlled substance certificate of registration last fall. The state said that is because Horowitz wrote oxycodone prescriptions for himself, while signing another doctor’s name on the prescription pad.

"I told Dr. Horowitz that the creation of the prescriptions and signing another practitioners name was forgery. Dr. Horowitz did not appreciate the severity of his actions until my explanation,” court documents said.

The two law firms listed as representing Horowitz did not return requests for comment.

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