Doctor accused of running pill mill in Northumberland County

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A doctor is charged with running a pill mill in Northumberland County that caused the deaths of five patients.

U.S. Attorney David Freed told Eyewitness News that Dr. Raymond Kraynak prescribed nearly three-million units of Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Fentanyl and other drugs to more than 2,800 patients at his Mount Carmel and Shamokin offices between January 2016 and last July.

During that time period, he was the top prescriber of those drugs in the Commonwealth.

Kraynak is also accused of prescribing pills without giving patients a proper medical exam.

“This sort of behavior that we allege is a root cause of the incredible issue that we’re dealing with right now of heroin and opioid abuse,” said Freed.

Kraynak faces at least 20 years behind bars, and up to life in prison, for each of the five counts where patients died.

The U.S. Attorney also told Eyewitness News that the government is seeking the forfeiture of Dr. Kraynak’s offices, his medical license, and $500,000.

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