Md. doctor charged with operating pill mill

WASHINGTON - A Maryland doctor is being charged with operating a pill mill out of his office in Rockville, and prosecutors say one person died after using methadone the doctor provided.

Silviu Ziscovici, a pain management specialist who had his medical license suspended by state officials in 2010, was arrested Wednesday. Prosecutors say that starting in at least 2009, Ziscovici prescribed drugs including oxycodone, methadone and morphine in exchange for a fee.

Reached Wednesday afternoon by telephone, the public defender assigned to the case, Lisa Lunt, did not have any comment.

According the Maryland State Board of Physicians' 2010 order suspending Ziscovici, officials in Maryland began investigating him in 2009 after several pharmacists became concerned about the prescriptions he was writing.

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