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Pennsylvania pain specialist charged with 136 counts of illegal painkiller prescriptions

A Pennsylvania pain specialist was indicted by a federal grand jury and had his medical license revoked for illegally prescribing fentanyl and other opioid painkillers to patients. Dr. Glenn Davis was charged with 136 counts of illegally prescribing narcotics at his pain management clinic in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Davis faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

According to the federal indictment against Davis, at least one patient who illegally received opioid painkillers through the clinic died as a result of an overdose. Another patient was arrested after selling OxyContin on the street that had been obtained through Davis’ office.

Investigators with the DEA began visiting pharmacies in the Jonestown area in 2012 and instructing them to stop filling prescriptions by Davis’ office because of suspicions about illegal prescribing practices there. Following a raid on his home and office in May 2013, Davis lost his medical license after a hearing before the Pennsylvania Bureau of Occupational and Professional Affairs.

Following his arrest, federal prosecutors asked that Davis be kept in prison while he is awaiting trial Prosecutors say that they consider Davis to be a flight risk due to the lengthy prison sentence he is facing if convicted.

Painkiller overprescription by pain specialists and other doctors plays a key role in the rate of opioid abuse in the U.S., law enforcement officials say. Patients who receive excessive doses of fentanyl and other opioid painkillers may also face an increased risk of an overdose or addiction.