Authorities: Doctor, 7 others indicted in $1M pill ring

Authorities say a New Jersey doctor and seven other people have been accused of operating a drug ring that illegally distributed thousands of oxycodone pills.



State Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced Tuesday that Dr. George Beecher was indicted on charges including strict liability for drug-induced death related to the overdose death of the son of one of the other ring members.



Investigators say Beecher, a Warren-based ear, nose and throat specialist, wrote hundreds of bogus prescriptions in the names of more than two dozen people, supplying the ring with more than $1 million worth of pills.



The 75-year-old is accused of writing a number of oxycodone and Xanax prescriptions for a 30-year-old man who died from an overdose in 2013.



Beecher's attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment.


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