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Washington County dentist charged with overprescribing painkillers

The Attorney General's Office has charged a Washington County dentist with writing more than 300 prescriptions for painkillers to seven patients between January 2009 and October 2010.

State narcotics and Medicaid fraud agents say that Dr. Charles Kokoska, 48, of Millsboro prescribed more than 6,600 painkillers to the patients including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Propoxyphene as well as a generic form of Xanax, Diazepam, that is commonly used to treat anxiety. The prescriptions were filled at various pharmacies in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, prosecutors say.

Kokoska is facing seven charges of medical professional prohibited acts and two charges of provider prohibited acts. He was arraigned today before District Judge Joshua Kanalis and released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

Kokoska and his attorney, Noah Geary, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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