Ohio doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers

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MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say an Ohio physician has been charged with illegally prescribing hundreds of thousands of pain pills and other controlled substances over a 12-year period starting in 2005.

Sixty-seven-year-old Dr. Gary Frantz, of Mansfield, was indicted Thursday on conspiracy and drug related charges along with Christopher Fulk, a Mansfield man who authorities say Frantz prescribed tens of thousands of painkillers that Fulk sold in the Mansfield area.

The indictment says the drugs Frantz illegally prescribed included OxyContin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl.

Frantz provided a statement to The Mansfield Journal in May saying he’s done nothing wrong.

His attorney, Roger Synenberg, says treating patients with chronic pain is a “complex process” and they “vehemently” disagree with the allegations.

A message seeking comment was left Saturday with Fulk’s attorney.

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