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12 NJ doctors face painkiller ban

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — State officials are trying to prevent 12 New Jersey doctors from prescribing highly-addictive painkillers.

All but one of the physicians were convicted on charges stemming from their illegally prescribing controlled substances.

No licensed physician in the state may prescribe controlled dangerous substances, such as oxycodone, without a CDS registration from the consumer affairs division.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says revoking the registration creates an additional barrier to protect the public in case the doctors seek to have their medical licenses restored.

The doctors face hearings within 45 days.