DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Department of Justice, the DEA, and the FBI are charging a Dayton doctor and several pharmacists with running an illegal “pill mill” as part of the largest prescription opioid takedown in U.S. history.
Federal agents allege Dr. Morris Brown gave only basic medical exams, prescribed addictive medications to people with known addictions, and rarely, if ever, counseled patients about alternative treatments for pain.
They say he’s representative of a larger epidemic.
Dr. Brown was singled out during a national press conference Wednesday when federal agents announced the operation.
“That doctor allegedly operated a pill mill and funneled prescriptions to the pharmacy housed in his waiting room, which dispensed over 1.75 million pills in a two-year period,” says Asst. U.S. Attorney General Brian Benczkowski.
In their indictment, the Department of Justice alleges that prescribing highly-addictive opioids was Brown’s primary method of treatment at his former First Street office.
Brown is also accused of giving controlled substances to people known to have addiction problems. They say he ignored doctors and patients who brought up concerns about drug abuse and continued to prescribe opioids.
“This doctor has been charged with, among other things, unlawfully dispensing controlled substances including prescription opioids,” says Benczkowski.
The indictment is listing eight controlled substances by name that Brown is alleged to have given out.
Agents hope it is just the tip of the iceberg as they work to identify even more illegal prescribers.
“Every day that these so-called ‘medical professionals’ have a pen and prescription pad in their hands is another day that they’re making people sick and contributing to a lot of misery in these communities,” Benczkowski says.
The takedown operation announced Wednesday several ensnared 60 people for writing more than 350,000 illegal prescriptions.