CRAIG, Colo. - Former patients of a doctor, who prosecutors say over-prescribed powerful pain medication to addicted patients leading to two deaths, tell the 9Wants to Know investigators they support Dr. Joel Miller fully.
"He saved my life," Randal Brown said.
Brown had gastric bypass surgery at Miller's urging, but said the doctor did not prescribe him powerful pain medication.
Troy Flannery called Miller "one hell of a doctor." Flannery said Miller gave him quality treatment and said Miller prescribed him Percocet and Oxycontin.
A Facebook page titled "Support Dr Joel Miller" had 210 likes as of Tuesday morning.
Several people expressed outrage about Miller's arrest on the page.
"He helped my family alot. (sic) He is the best Dr. I have ever been too (sic)," Teresa Hinkson wrote.
Investigators allege two of Dr. Miller's patients died after he prescribed them prescription pain medication.
A grand jury indicted Miller on charges including health-care fraud, money laundering, dispensing a controlled substance and dispensing a controlled substance resulting in death.
Miller is set to be in federal court in Grand Junction at 4 p.m. Wednesday. He was arrested Monday. He practiced medicine in Craig, Colo. until last year. Craig is west of Steamboat Springs.
Prosecutors have told a judge they want Miller held in jail while his case goes through the court system, despite his claims of innocence to the 9Wants to Know investigators.
In an exclusive interview with 9Wants to Know before his arrest, Miller denied he had done anything wrong.
He alleged federal agents with the Justice Department's Drug Enforcement Administration targeted him to drive up their drug-related arrest numbers.
"I'm David and the Department of Justice is Goliath," Miller told investigative reporter Jace Larson.
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