41 charged in opioid ring allegedly responsible for distribution of 23 million pills

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A trafficking network of medical providers, clinic owners, pharmacists, drug dealers and traffickers who have allegedly been responsible for diverting over 23 million opioid pills has been apprehended and shut down by the government.

A total of 41 people have been charged in 9 indictments for their involvement of “pill mill” clinics and pharmacies that distributed over 23 million oxycodone, hydrocodone and carisoprodol pills across the country, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

The charges against the 41 people allege that doctors, pharmacies and other medical professionals all knew that the prescriptions had no legitimate medical purpose and were outside the course of professional practice.

In one case, the employees at one Houston-area “pill mill” pharmacy allegedly dispensed the ninth highest amount of oxycodone in the nation, which also amounted to the second-most in the entire state of Texas.

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