Monongalia County surgeon charged following illegal prescription opioid takedown

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A Monongalia County surgeon is facing a federal drug charge following a coordinated crackdown on illegal prescription opioids.

The Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force conducted a major takedown that resulted in 60 people across seven states being charged. Those charged included 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals.

A Monongalia County surgeon, Dr. Chad Poage, 35, of Morgantown has been charged with one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Poage is accused of writing prescriptions using other physicians’ DEA registration numbers and initials without authorization, and filling those prescriptions at Morgantown-area pharmacies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also said that Poage is also accused of filling the prescriptions of acetaminophen-codeine for his own personal use.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Poage is facing up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Patrick Mott are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the West Virginia State Police investigated this case. 

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