Ohio physician was once state's biggest prescriber of controlled substances, indictment alleges

Six people, including two physicians and three registered pharmacists in the Southern District of Ohio, have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department with unlawful distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to obtain controlled substances through fraud.

Key details:

1. One of the physicians charged was allegedly the highest prescriber of controlled substances in Ohio.

2. Additionally, several pharmacists were charged with allegedly operating a pill mill in Dayton, Ohio, dispensing over 1.75 million pills between October 2015 and October 2017.

3. The indictments are part of the Justice Department's Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force takedown, which includes charges against 60 people, including 53 medical professionals.

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