Two Baltimore-area doctors flooded Maryland streets with more than a quarter-million doses of illegally prescribed painkillers and sedatives in recent years, compounding the state’s opioid epidemic, investigators said Thursday.
State and federal law enforcement officials announced the doctors have been indicted on charges of selling prescriptions for cash — one man allegedly dealing out of his Mercedes — in separate schemes that investigators said caused two deaths, attracted pill-hungry customers from as far away as Youngstown, Ohio, and transformed the grounds outside a North Baltimore clinic into an open-air drug market with unruly crowds.
“These are outrageous cases,” Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said. “We hope they’re outliers. Unfortunately, the evidence in Maryland and around the country [is] there are others like them.”
Americans account for 5 percent of the world population, but consume 98 percent of narcotic painkillers Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.