Dayton doctor pleads guilty in federal opioid case

Dr. Morris Brown pictured at the 2007 Dayton Urban League Gala in the Dayton Art Institute. Brown and four other defendants involved with a Dayton medical clinic and pharmacy at 301 West First Street were indicted as part of the largest prescription opioid takedown in U.S. history, according to federal officials. PETER WINE PHOTO

A Dayton doctor that federal authorities once called the highest prescriber of controlled substances in the state pleaded guilty Friday for illegally distributing opioids.

Dr. Morris Brown, 75, admitted writing prescriptions for patients in amounts and for lengths of time that were outside the scope of legitimate medical practice, according to the U.S Department of Justice.