Doctors in 7 states charged over illegal opioid prescriptions

Sixty people, including 31 doctors, were charged Wednesday with participating in illegal prescriptions of more than 32 million pain pills in seven states.

Prosecutors said some of the doctors traded opioids for sex.

A dentist allegedly pulled teeth unnecessarily to justify prescribing patients opioids.

The people charged also included seven pharmacists and eight nurse practitioners, as well as several other licensed medical professionals.

Prosecutors said the defendants wrote more than 350,000 illegal prescriptions in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

“If these medical professionals behave like drug dealers, you can rest assured that the Justice Department is going to treat them like drug dealers,” said Brian Benczkowski, an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s criminal division.

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