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Addiction doc charged in drugs-for-sex plan
August 21, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP)
- A western Pennsylvania doctor has surrendered on charges he overprescribed anti-addiction and anti-anxiety drugs and traded them for sex through offices that closed after he voluntarily surrendered his medical license when state agents began to investigate his practice last year.

Dr. Thomas Radecki, 67, of Clarion, was arraigned on charges including overprescribing medicines and running a corrupt organization.

Authorities said that in 2011 and 2012, 67 year old Radecki purchased and distributed Subutex, Adderall and Ritalin with an estimated street value of more than $5 million, and evidence before a grand jury revealed that many patients did not need the drugs, but allegedly resold them.

Radecki was the biggest distributor of those three substances in Pennsylvania in 2011. In the first five months of 2012, before his clinics were raided and closed, Radecki was the biggest Subutex distributor in the United States, state drug agents determined.

Before surrendering his license, Radecki had offices in Clarion, Dubois, Kane and Seneca and opened a clinic in Dubois in March 2012 where he claimed to be dispensing medicines to wean people off of heroin and similar drugs.

The Pennsylvania Board of Medicine said last year that Radecki voluntarily surrendered his medical license because of unprofessional conduct linked to the investigation, which wasn't fully revealed until the state attorney general's office filed charges Tuesday based on a grand jury presentment.

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