Sixty people, more than half of whom are doctors, were charged with writing tens of thousands of illegal opioid prescriptions in exchange for cash and sexual favors in rural communities along the Appalachians including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana.

“The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.

The charges were made as part of an investigation by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, which sought to shut down prescription fraud schemes that have been contributing to the country’s opioid crisis.

Among those accused was a so-called “pill mill” in Ohio that allegedly distributed more than 1.75 million opioids from October 2015 and October 2017; a Tennessee doctor who referred to himself as the “Rock Doc” who allegedly bargained for sexual favors by prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines; and an Alabama doctor who reportedly recruited prostitutes to become patients at his clinic and use drugs at his home.

Beasley Allen lawyers are working on claims related to both the negative health impacts of the opioid crisis, including addiction, overdose, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in infants; as well as economic losses by cities, towns and states related to the cost of fighting the opioid epidemic. For health claims, contact Melissa Prickett, Roger Smith or Liz Eiland in our Mass Torts Section. For economic claims, Rhon Jones or Jeff Price in our Toxic Torts Section would like to talk with you.

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