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Orchard Park doctor charged in opioid case enters rehab

As expected, Dr. Paul T. Biddle, the Orchard Park doctor accused of writing prescriptions to himself, has entered a substance abuse treatment center in Pennsylvania.

Biddle, 53, was arrested last week by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration and charged with using his patients, two of them dead, as a front for his own addiction to painkillers.

Brian M. Melber, Biddle's defense lawyer, said his client voluntarily entered the inpatient treatment facility but said it was too early to predict how long he will be there.

"My guess is it will be at least 30 days," Melber told U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.

The prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, charged Biddle with identity theft and obtaining controlled substances through fraud.

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