Flemington psychiatrist surrenders license to prescribe drugs
By Mike Deak
January 17, 2018
Jay Kuris, who has an office on Mine Street and another in Montgomery Township, gave up his Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration on Jan. 12, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III said.
In August 2017, Kuris was found guilty by the state Board of Medical Examiners of eight counts of violating multiple provisions of the Uniform Enforcement Act, including, without limitation, engaging in gross negligence, engaging in repeated acts of negligence and indiscriminate prescribing.
The charges say Kuris prescribed opioids “indiscriminately” and in excess of what is appropriate. He was also charged with failing to implement “coherent treatment plans” and that he increased one patient’s opioid dosage despite the patient’s desire to reduce opioid use.
For years, the charges say, he had prescribed drugs over the telephone to a patient with substance abuse issues.
In addition, the state said, his records were “severely lacking” and in one case, “fabricated.”
On Aug. 7, 2017, the state Board of Medical Examiners temporarily suspended his ability to prescribe drugs and the suspension was continued by the board on Aug. 30.
“Due to the continued coordination between Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency, Dr. Kuris voluntarily surrendered his DEA registration to members of the New Jersey Division DEA Tactical Diversion Squad and Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office,” Kearns said. “By voluntarily surrendering his DEA registration, the doctor surrendered his rights to prescribe and/or write out prescriptions for controlled substances. Dr. Kuris is not allowed to prescribe controlled substances again until he has met all administrative responsibilities as dictated by the State Board of Medical Examiners and Drug Enforcement Agency.”
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