60 physicians and pharmacists charged with handing out fake prescriptions for painkillers

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FILE – This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of prescription oxycodone pills in New York. U.S. health officials Tuesday, April 9. 2019, warned doctors not to abruptly stop prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who are taking them for chronic pain ailments, such as backaches. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

It’s being called the biggest opioid crackdown of its kind. 

60 physicians and pharmacists in five states have been charged with handing out phony prescriptions for painkillers. 

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Health professionals have been arrested across Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Authorities said they acted more like drug dealers and wrote about 350,000 rogue prescriptions, totaling more than 32 million pills.

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