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BECKLEY, W. Va (WVVA)-- A recent report tags a Raleigh County doctor as West Virgina's top prescriber of the main medication hydrocodone, which is highly addictive and often sold illegally.

We spoke with Dr. Iraj Derakhshan about prescribing these pills on Thursday.

He said pain is the most common complaint he receives as a neurologist, and helping people feel better is his job. He considers pain prescriptions a necessary part of how he treats his patients, and told WVVA in many cases it's the best way to make them comfortable.

"We are to be trusted by our patients," he said. "We must not be over-suspicious because we are, we are going to miss [the] opportunity to help the patient."

He said he does his job with the patients in mind.

"The patient's well-being is [taken into] the utmost consideration," he said.

Of course, prescribing medication isn't a crime, and doctors who do it can not be prosecuted according to law.

Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner said doctors are legally allowed to write prescriptions for their patients as they see fit.

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