Police: Pa. dentist prescribed drugs to friends

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. (AP) — Police say a northeastern Pennsylvania dentist is facing charges after she inappropriately prescribed painkillers to family and friends.

Court records show 35-year-old Sare M. Rhodes, who practices in Tunkhannock, is charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of refusal to keep required records and 10 misdemeanor counts of prescribing controlled substances to people known to be dependent.

Investigators say a pharmacist reported in February that a colleague was concerned patients from Rhodes’ office were using various pharmacies to get the same medicine, Oxycodone and Endocet. None of the patients have been charged.

An attorney for Rhodes declined comment. Authorities allege she wrote prescriptions for her husband, his mother and other relatives, among others.

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