Akron doctor sentenced to 10 years for illegally prescribing painkillers

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AKRON – Adolph Harper, 64, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally prescribing hundreds of thousands of painkillers for no reason. At least eight customers died from overdoses.

Harper was charged and sentenced along with several others and he was ordered to pay $417,060 in restitution.

The drugs prescribed include Oxycontin, Percocet, Roxicet, Opana and more. They were given out between 2009 and 2012, according to the FBI.

“Harper may have been a doctor, but he sold drugs like a common street-level dealer. People who saw him became addicted, and some of them died from overdoses,” U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said. “We will continue to prosecute those who contribute to the heroin and opioid epidemic in our state.”

According to court documents, Harper would give ‘prescriptions’ to drug addicts who came to his office but were never actually examined by Harper.

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