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Craig doctor accused of overprescribing drugs, leading to two deaths

Kirk Mitchell//Denver Post
Joel Miller, pictured outside his former Craig office, is on trial in Denver for prescribing medications that have resulted in two deaths as well as multiple other counts.
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Denver — A Craig osteopath either prescribed pills for 14 patients with chronic pain in good faith, or he greedily and fraudulently gave drugs to addicts, according to opposing views presented in opening statements in a federal trial in Denver on Tuesday. — A Craig osteopath either prescribed pills for 14 patients with chronic pain in good faith, or he greedily and fraudulently gave drugs to addicts, according to opposing views presented in opening statements in a federal trial in Denver on Tuesday.

— A Craig osteopath either prescribed pills for 14 patients with chronic pain in good faith, or he greedily and fraudulently gave drugs to addicts, according to opposing views presented in opening statements in a federal trial in Denver on Tuesday.

Dr. Joel Miller is on trial for 35 counts of fraud, money laundering, prescribing controlled drugs without a medical purpose, billing for services not rendered and two counts of causing death by prescribing drugs without a medical purpose.

“If a doctor abandons his role as a doctor and becomes a drug dealer, he is subject to the law just like anyone else,” federal prosecutor Jaime Peña said in his opening statement.

Miller has been experiencing run-ins with the law for some time. run-ins with the law for some time.

run-ins with the law for some time.

For more on the trial, read Denver Post reporter Kirk Mitchell’s story here: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28929369/craig-doctor-accused-overprescribing-drugs-leading-two-deaths.


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