Wareham dentist arrested on drug charges
BOSTON - Federal agents have arrested a 68-year-old Wareham dentist on allegations that he prescribed powerful prescription drugs in exchange for sexual favors.
Federal prosecutors say Steven Miller was charged Tuesday with illegally distributing and dispensing pain relievers like Vicodin and Hydrocodone as well as depressants like Valium to people he was not treating.
Recipients included an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration officer.
A federal agent says in an affidavit that a review of records of prescriptions written by Miller shows that the quantities and frequency was inconsistent with the usual course of professional dental practice.
Miller faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine on conviction.
Miller voluntarily surrendered his dental license Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear if he has legal representation.
December 14, 2010
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