NPR: Doctor gets 40 years for illegally prescribing more than half a million opioid doses

A Virginia doctor received a 40-year prison sentence on Wednesday for illegally prescribing more than half a million doses of oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl and other opioids to patients for years.

Authorities say Dr. Joel Smithers operated a "pill mill" out of Martinsville, Va., located about 15 miles north of the Virginia-North Carolina border and about 175 miles southwest of Richmond.

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Doctor gets 40 years for illegally prescribing more than half a million opioid doses

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