Federal agents investigate Brigham City doctor

Federal agents investigate Brigham City doctor

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New details have emerged about an investigation into a Brigham City doctor who federal agents say illegally prescribed huge amounts of prescription drugs.

The Utah Controlled Substance Database shows Dewey MacKay prescribed 1,485,616 hydrocodone pills, 944,846 oxycodone pills, and 369,401 other pills over just more than three years. The 2007 census estimates Brigham City's population at 18,544. If the amount of pills allegedly prescribed were divided, that would be 151 pills for every man, woman and child in Brigham City.

According to the Deseret News, federal investigators say MacKay saw on average 40 to 59 people in a three-hour workday. Court documents reveal investigators believe MacKay may have spent just three to six minutes with each patient.

It's unclear where the investigation goes from here. The DEA isn't commenting except to say that it's ongoing. Charges have not been filed yet.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has seized multiple bank accounts and two of MacKay's cars.

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