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Florence podiatrist facing more charges in Darlington County
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Florence podiatrist facing more charges in Darlington County


DARLINGTON, S.C. — A Florence podiatrist is facing additional charges. 

Misty Nicole Lee, a podiatrist at Palmetto State Surgical Podiatry Associates, turned herself into the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday morning on two charges of manufacturing or possessing with the intent to distribute schedule IV drugs.

Schedule IV drugs have a low potential for abuse and an accepted medical use. Schedule IV drug penalties are misdemeanors and carry penalties of up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. 

Detention center records indicate these offenses took place on Sept. 27, 2019 and Aug. 4, 2020. The records also add that Lee was charged by the Drug Enforcement Agency and arrested by the South Carolina Board of Drug Control. 

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She was released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

Lee, 42, also faces charges of one count of manufacturing, distributing, purchasing or possessing schedule I and II drugs and two counts of manufacturing or possessing with the intent to distribute schedule IV drugs in Florence County. 

Schedule I drugs are those drugs that have a high potential for abuse and that don't have an accepted medical use. Such drugs include opiates, opium derivates and LSD. Schedule II drugs are those that have a high potential for abuse, have an accepted medical use, but when abused may be highly addictive. 

Schedule I and II drug penalties can be up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000, or both.

Lee's attorney, J. René Josey, said the Florence charges are related to the writing of three prescriptions − two for Phentermine and one for a hydrocodone-acetaminophen compound − that authorities say she should not have written. 

Josey said two weeks ago that Lee is still in good standing with the state board and that Lee is not accused of endangering or harming any of her patients. 

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