AUGUSTA, Maine — A Rumford physician has been warned by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and must stop prescribing controlled substances for the treatment of chronic pain.

Dr. Albert Aniel signed a consent agreement Sept. 10, conceding that the board has sufficient evidence to conclude that he violated the standard of care concerning medical record keeping, diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, and prescribing controlled drugs for the treatment of nonmalignant chronic pain. As a condition of the agreement, effective Nov. 1, Aniel is not allowed to prescribe controlled substances for chronic pain unless he has a chronic pain patient in skilled nursing facilities or long term care facilities, in hospice care, or who has metastatic cancer.

Aniel must also successfully complete a medical record keeping course within six months.

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine is made up of six physicians and three members of the public appointed by the governor.