COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A business woman and her husband face long prison sentences for the operation of a southern Ohio pill mill when they appear before a federal judge in Cincinnati.
Investigators say the couple's Ohio Medical and Pain Management clinic in Waverly was responsible for the sale of illegal painkiller prescriptions in the region.
Drug overdose deaths have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio and several other states.
Prosecutors have recommended a 12 1/2-year sentence for Lester Sadler when he is sentenced Monday and a 17 1/2-year sentence for his wife, Nancy Sadler, whose sentencing is Tuesday.
In pushing for lesser sentences, the Sadlers' attorneys cite the couple's health problems and blame others for the clinic's problems.