Scripps pediatrician on leave after drug arrest

Scripps pediatrician on leave after drug arrest

SAN DIEGO — A Scripps-affiliated pediatrician was on administrative leave Friday following his arrest on suspicion of drug possession outside the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.

Dr. Bret Gerber, 47, was arrested in California’s Mono County during a traffic stop Aug. 24, when police found ecstasy, psilocybin mushrooms and GHB, also known as the “date rape” drug, in his vehicle, according to a Mono County Sheriff’s Department statement. Highway 395, a popular travel route to Black Rock Desert, cuts through Mono County.

Charges against Gerber were not filed because he was offered and accepted entrance into a diversion program, the Mono County District Attorney’s Office said.

In another statement, the Scripps Coastal Medical Group President, Dr. Kevin Hirsch, said that “safe, quality care for our patients is our No. 1 priority at Scripps. Dr. Gerber has been placed on administrative leave from his position with Scripps Coastal…

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