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Date 3/3/2001
News Source Philadelphia Inquirer
Headline Doctor accused of illegally supply Narcotics
Article Text Richard Paolino, 57, a longtime Bensalem physician, was jailed under $8 million bond yesterday on charges that he practiced medicine illegally, freely writing thousands of prescriptions for powerful painkillers such as OxyContin, much of it resold at huge profits on the streets of Philadelphia. State Attorney General Mike Fisher and Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons said Paolino, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, was the source of more than 1,200 prescriptions for OxyContin and the sedative Xanax from Nov. 1 through March 1 alone. "He was prescribing to drug addicts," said Steve Moran, Bensalem's director of public safety. "He was prescribing death."