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Two Dozen People Charged in Connection With Bronx Painkiller Ring

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Two dozen people have been charged in an alleged massive painkiller ring in the Bronx.

Prosecutors say since January 2011, doctors at a few AstraMed locations in the Bronx issued prescriptions for oxycodone to fake patients.

The prescriptions added up to more than 5 million pills, which can sell for up to $30 each on the black market, according to prosecutors.

"Recruiters" would send the fake patients to doctors, who would prescribe them oxycodone without a physical exam.

According to police, $200 to $300 was paid to Astramed Physicians for each appointment.

"I don't know if the guys do something wrong or no, but I just see too many persons outside every day. About 50, 60 persons every day, at least 100," said one person. "Then, I know the police say it closed down yesterday."

"There's a lot of youngsters that this can lead, it can lead into the wrong hands," said another.

Doctors, clinic employees and recruiters are among those charged with one count of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.

They face up to 20 years in prison.

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