TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York doctor admitted in federal court in New Jersey on Thursday that he wrote illegal prescriptions for oxycodone.
Dr. Hassan Lahham pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute the drug.READ MORE: Dirt Bikes Crushed On Staten Island As City Continues Crackdown On Illegal Rides
Prosecutors say the 45-year-old issued prescriptions to co-conspirators in exchange for cash since 2009. The orders were filled at New Jersey pharmacies in Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic counties and redistributed to others.
Oxycodone is the active ingredient in such brand name pills as Oxycontin and Percocet.READ MORE: New Jersey Senator Says COVID Survivors Should Enjoy Same Benefits As Fully Vaccinated People
New Jersey recently passed a law to start tracking prescription drug use. The state is launching a long-awaited database monitoring use of dangerous drugs with the intent of helping doctors to spot abusers more quickly and authorities to stop drug dealers.
Lahham faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he’s sentenced in May.MORE NEWS: Hispanic Heritage Month: Port Chester Is Westchester County's First Majority-Hispanic Municipality
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