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CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous drugs.

The action announced Wednesday in Cincinnati and Washington resulted from the federal Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force and includes defendants in at least seven states. They are Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Authorities say the 60 include a total of 53 medical professionals tied to some 350,000 prescriptions and 32 million pills.

U.S. health authorities have reported there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017, for a rate of 21.7 per 100,000 people. West Virginia and Ohio have regularly been among the states with the highest overdose death rates as the opioid crisis has swelled in recent years.

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2 thoughts on “60 People Nabbed In Illegal Prescription Opioid Crackdown

  1. Passing Through!! on said:

    @L…That’s because Opioid users a mostly white so Opioid addiction is treated a crisis. Anything that affects them will always be declared an anemergency.

  2. I find it remarkable that so much ATTENTION is paid to the OPIOID dope fiends-when
    folks who were addicted to CRACK were IGNORED and IMPRISONED.

    Since the majority of those addicted to Oxy, Percodan, etc., are snowflakes–they are being
    offered all kinds of assistance and interventions.

    Screw them–NO ONE made them take those pills and get hooked!!!!!!!!!
    I have no SYMPATHY for their sorry asses!!!!!!!!!!

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