Local Doctor Arrested, Charged with Over Prescribing Painkillers
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 12, 2013 @ 4:41PM
Created on July 11, 2013 @ 11:03AM
A local doctor has been arrested for allegedly over-prescribing pain killers that were linked to a number of deaths.
Dr. Edita P. Milan was taken into custody Thursday morning. She was charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Officials said they believe they can connect her to four deaths in the area, including one that happened in June.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II made the announcement at a press conference in Bridgeport. Members of the Board of Directors of the Greater Harrison County Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force were also there. Milan is alleged to have supplied large quantities of painkillers to her customers for no legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Her motive for the distribution of the drugs is believed to be financial in nature.
Dr. Milan's office is located in Bridgeport. Milan and her practice had been under investigation by the Greater Harrison Drug Task Force for several months when in June of 2013, a neighbor of Milan in Fairmont was found dead in his home. The neighbor also happened to be a patient of Milan's, and it is alleged in the criminal complaint that he had been prescribed large quantities of painkillers by Milan prior to his death. The complaint further states that Milan misrepresented the case of the death to the county medical examiner, and that she conspired to throw away many of the deceased;s pill bottles after his death in order to conceal her connection to the decedent.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, which is comprised of officers and agents from the Bridgeport Police Department, the Clarksburg Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the West Virginia State Police, along with support from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
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