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Doctor accused of illegally prescribing opioids gives up license

Michael Tricaso can no longer practice medicine
Posted at 5:58 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 18:33:23-04

A doctor targeted by federal prosecutors this week has voluntarily surrendered his medical license and may never practice medicine again in Ohio. 

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced a judge agreed to temporarily suspend Dr. Michael Tricaso's ability to write prescriptions after investigators accused the Akron doctor of illegally prescribing opioids and other drugs.

The legal action against Tricaso and a Sandusky doctor, Gregory Gerber, marked the first time prosecutors obtained civil injunctions under the Controlled Substances Act against doctors accused of prescribing the powerful painkillers illegally.

Tricaso, who operated the Better Living Clinic in Akron, is accused of writing prescriptions for cash in hotel parking lots. 

Above: A screenshot of the website for Dr. Michael Tricaso's Akron practice.

Court records show Tricaso and his wife filed for bankruptcy last month claiming nearly $2 million in debts.