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A Lincoln doctor has had his medical license suspended, and a Cook doctor is on probation after having his license reinstated, both for alleged substance-abuse issues.

Dr. Jeffrey Fraser of Lincoln agreed to the year suspension starting May 13, according to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services records.

And Dr. Jeffrey Damme of Cook began probation May 31, after the state's chief medical officer, Dr. Thomas Williams, approved a settlement to reinstate him.

In Fraser's case, Assistant Nebraska Attorney General Mindy Lester sought to revoke the 18-month probation he had gotten for providing numerous controlled substances to an employee over a two-year period without maintaining a record of it.

In the petition filed in May, she said Fraser had been seen taking written prescriptions to a patient in the parking lot and that two patients alleged he had fallen asleep while examining them last year.

On Jan. 2, 2018, Lester said an HHS investigator interviewed Fraser after receiving information that he was practicing while impaired.

In the interview, she said, Fraser admitted he had been addicted to hydrocodone for the past year and a half and was using up to 60 tablets a day.

Lester said he gave the investigator a cereal box in his office with 240 doses of hydrocodone inside and admitted he had authorized prescriptions for three patients, who filled them and gave him the pills in the parking lot outside the clinic.

She said in just less than a year's time, one patient filled 15 prescriptions to get a total of 2,700 hydrocodone tablets.

Fraser waived his right to a disciplinary hearing as part of the settlement.

So did Damme, the doctor from Cook. He already had been on probation for practicing while impaired in 2011 when, last year, the state sought to revoke his probation.

In a petition filed Feb. 15, 2017, Lester said Damme had relapsed in the winter of 2014 and agreed the following March for a year to be added to his probation.

At the time, he was employed at Correct Care Solutions, which provided medical care at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

Lester went on to allege that on Oct. 21, 2016, while stitching a wound for a patient, he "appeared unsteady and had difficulty getting into a chair."

The deputy warden described Damme's speech that day as slurred and his responses slow and said Damme did a poor job of stitching the wound.

An employee at the prison drove him home.

He later was terminated from his job and ultimately agreed to a one-year suspension. On April 19, Damme applied for reinstatement, setting up the chief medical officer's order last month.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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