Elk County doctor charged with over-prescribing opioids

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ELK COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A doctor from Elk County faces charges after investigators say he was over-prescribing opioid medications to multiple patients.

David Sanderson, 59, faces over 15 felony charges and is being investigated by the Attorney General’s office and the 46th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury. According to evidence presented by the grand jury, Sanderson over-prescribed opioids to 15 different patients from January 2019 to April 2020.

Sanderson was a podiatrist with a practice in Elk County. A podiatrist treats medical conditions involving the lower leg, ankle or feet. According to court documents, sometimes Sanderson would write prescriptions for the treatment of medical conditions that were completely unrelated to the practice of podiatry.

The court heard testimonies from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Sanderson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 3.

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