- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A Flint Township doctor is accused of giving prescriptions for the painkiller methadone that led to the deaths of three people.

The Flint Journal (https://bit.ly/1EY8A2Q ) reports 47-year-old Hatem Ataya was charged Tuesday in Lapeer County with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance causing death. Ataya has offices in Lapeer and Genesee counties.

Authorities say two people died in January 2012 and another in July 2012 after Ataya prescribed them methadone at his Lapeer office. Lapeer County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Turkelson says the prescriptions were given “in a manner that is not medically appropriate,” and that the methadone was provided on an “as-needed basis.”

Ataya is being held on $5 million bond. The newspaper says no attorney was listed in the court filing against him.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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