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Dr. Ronald Celeste wrote more than 33,000 prescriptions for controlled substances from 2009 through 2011, including more than 12,900 prescriptions in 2009 alone.

The drugs were prescribed in large quantities and in dangerous combinations and included Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine, Valium and other commonly abused prescription narcotics.

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The two-year investigation included numerous undercover visits and revealed that Dr. Celeste, while employed at West Shore Family Practice in Westlake, engaged in superficial medical treatment and failed to adhere to minimal standards of medical practice.

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Those factors, along with the excessive amounts of drugs prescribed, demonstrated that Dr. Celeste was running a "pill mill."

As result of Dr. Celeste's actions, thousands of highly abused narcotics prescription pills hit the streets of Cuyahoga County during that three-year period of time.

"This activity by the doctor not only endangered his patients, but also the citizens of Cuyahoga County,'' said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney James Gutierrez.

Public records show that Celeste, 55, has a home in Mentor. He did not respond to a message left there. The phone number for the West Shore Family Practice has been disconnected.

A search of the Ohio State Medical Board's web site shows that no formal action, as yet, has been taken against Celeste. His areas of specialty include internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

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