Feds: 12 charged for over-prescribing opioids, including in Kentucky and Ohio

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CINCINNATI — The U.S. Department of Justice's Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) strike force announced 12 new charges against physicians accused of over-prescribing opioids in a press conference on Wednesday.

The 12 defendants are located throughout the U.S., but officials said some of the cases involve Northern Kentucky medical professionals. Officials said 14 people are being charged overall; the additional two defendants are charged for crimes related to the distribution of opioids, but were not medical professionals.

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