Criminal Justice

February 1, 2023

Doctor gave ‘unnecessary’ opioids to patients who had sex with him, Ohio officials say

A doctor in Ohio pleaded guilty to multiple counts of illegally prescribing opioids and other controlled substances to patients for whom the drugs were “medically unnecessary,” according to prosecutors.
January 26, 2023

New synthetic opioid complicates public health response to overdoses

A synthetic opioid up to 40 times more powerful than fentanyl is scrambling the public health response to the addiction crisis in a growing number of U.S. cities.
February 1, 2023

Ohio physician pleads guilty to illegally prescribing opiods, healthcare fraud

Jeffrey Sutton, 65, a physician who practiced in Niles, Ohio, until early 2022, pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, to 31 counts of illegally prescribing patients opioids and other controlled substances, one count of illegally distributing controlled substances, and 20 counts of healthcare fraud.
January 13, 2023

Lorain man gets 15 years in federal prison on drug charges

Kevin Walker Jr. of Lorain was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of drugs and distribution of fentanyl that led to an overdose death, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio said in a news release.
January 16, 2023

Ohio AG: Trio arrested after bulk fentanyl bust in Columbus

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant recently announced the arrests of three drug traffickers after a sizable fentanyl seizure.
January 8, 2023

Bexley women laud decriminalization of fentanyl strips

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a number of criminal justice changes into law Jan. 3, including the decriminalization of fentanyl test strips in a move that advocates say will be a powerful tool in preventing overdoses.
January 10, 2023

Sutton also is accused of engaging in sex acts with three patients during office visits and outside the office.

An osteopathic doctor whose Niles office was raided by the FBI nearly a year ago faces 52 charges accusing him of health care fraud and violating federal laws regulating the dispensing of and distribution of controlled substances.
January 11, 2023

Former Doctor Convicted of Illegal Distribution of Controlled Substances

A federal jury convicted a doctor formerly licensed in Ohio today for illegally prescribing controlled substance pills in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.