Updated Thu, May 17, 2012 10:46 am
Jury deliberations are under way in the case of alleged Ohio pill mill operators accused of illegally prescribing thousands of prescription painkillers.
The case before a Cincinnati jury is among several brought in recent years to help stem what's considered an epidemic of illegal painkiller distribution.
A 2010 indictment alleged defendants Nancy and Lester Sadler and employee Sandy Wells operated a pain clinic in Waverly in Pike County where employees had orders to set up enough appointments to fill 30 to 40 prescriptions of powerful painkillers a day at $125 a visit.
The government says workers who met the quota would receive a week's pay for three or four days' work, while those who slipped up got less.
A defense lawyer has said the defendants did nothing wrong.