Youngstown, NY– A Youngstown doctor is under arrest for allegedly selling illegal prescription drugs for a controlled substance to a Medicaid recipient.

In exchange the recipient returned half of the medication prescribed for each prescription.

Daniel C. Gillick was arraigned on a felony charge of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance in Niagara County Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

"Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in our state – one that ruins lives, devastates families and tears communities apart – and it's something doctors should be working to help us combat," Attorney General Schneiderman said. "Instead, Daniel Gillick used his position to perpetuate the problem. With the help of groundbreaking programs like I-STOP, my office will continue to make an example of doctors like Gillick and send the message that this won't be tolerated. In doing so, we will put New York one step closer to eradicating prescription drug abuse once and for all."

Gillick, an emergency room doctor, wrote prescriptions for Lortab for a hydrocodone-dependent Medicaid recipient. The recipient admitted to using Medicaid prescription coverage to fill the prescriptions at local pharmacies without ever receiving a medical examination or treatment from Gillick.