August 29, 2022

Prosecutors drop opioid charges against former drug distributor, officer

Ex-compliance officer James Barclay says he was "scapegoat" for DEA failure. Barclay had pleaded guilty in deal that avoided jail time.
August 4, 2022

Former Mahoning County Physician Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Illegally Prescribing Controlled Substances and Causing the Deaths of Two Patients

CLEVELAND - Martin Escobar, 58, a former Mahoning County physician, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent after he previously pleaded guilty to 54 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances—including two counts of distributing controlled substances that caused the deaths of two patients and one count of distributing a controlled substance to a person under the age of 21—and 31 counts of health care fraud.
July 4, 2022

A federal judge sides with 3 major drug distributors in a landmark opioid lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of three major U.S. drug distributors in a landmark lawsuit that accused them of causing a health crisis by distributing 81 million pills over eight years in one West Virginia county ravaged by opioid addiction.
May 4, 2022

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

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.
April 20, 2022

Ohio doctor acquitted on murder charges involving 14 patients prescribed opioids

Columbus-area doctor William Husel was indicted in cases where patients had received fentanyl
May 4, 2022

Nurse, Dentist, Doctors, Charged With Drug Distribution

More than a dozen medical professionals have been charged with illegal distribution of painkillers.
May 4, 2022

Justice Department Announces Enforcement Action Charging 12 Medical Professionals with Opioid Distribution Offenses

Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force Combats Unlawful Prescribing Amidst Continuing Opioid Epidemic
April 18, 2022

Jury is deadlocked in murder trial of Ohio doctor accused of overprescribing fentanyl to the dying

(CNN)Jurors in Ohio said Monday they are at an impasse and cannot reach a unanimous verdict in the murder trial of William Husel, the doctor accused of overprescribing the powerful opioid fentanyl to his critically ill patients and hastening their deaths.