Justice Department charges 12 medical professionals for allegedly fueling the opioid epidemic in Appalachian region

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Washington — Over a dozen defendants across eight federal districts have been charged in connection with the illegal prescription and distribution of 5.1 million opioid pills, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. 

The various law enforcement actions were the result of the department's Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force, a multiagency approach that targets the unlawful prescription of opioid drugs across the Appalachian region. 

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