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Investigation of illegal painkillers targets 30 in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged more than 30 medical professionals in Tennessee with illegally prescribing and distributing millions of prescription painkillers, many of which contained opioids. U.S. Attorneys Michael Dunavant in Memphis and Don Cochran in Nashville held separate news conferences Thursday detailing the federal charges brought against doctors and nurse practitioners....

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