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Former doctor convicted for selling drugs illegally out of Milford practice

Delaware Public Media

A former Delaware doctor has been found guilty of unlawful distribution of drugs. 

A federal jury convicted Patrick Titus of Milford Wednesday for 13 counts of unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances and for one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises.

According to court documents, Titus sold powerful opioids like fentanyl and OxyContin outside the scope of his professional practice at Lighthouse Internal Medicine in Milford—which he operated from 2005 to 2014.

The documents say he sold the Schedule II controlled substances knowingly to individuals with opioid use disorder, often in exchange for cash and without providing meaningful medical care.

The documents say Titus made substantial income charging roughly $225 for initial visits and approximately $180 for follow-ups—effectively running a “pill mill” with only some aspects of a legitimate medical practice.

In a statement, the head of the DEA’s Delaware operations, Assistant Special Agent Shawn Ellerman called the conviction “an appropriate resolution for [Titus’s] utter and total disregard for his ethical and legal obligations as a medical doctor.”

Titus is scheduled to be sentenced in November and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison per count.

Delaware has the second highest overdose rate in the country. The First State saw 447 overdose deaths last year.

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