VA doctor sentenced to 40 years for writing over 500,000 opioid prescriptions in less than 2 years
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On Wednesday, Virginia doctor Joel Smithers was sentenced to 40 years for his part in the opioid crisis. Smithers was found guilty by a jury in May of more than 800 federal drug charges. Prosecutors said Smithers operated a “pill mill” out of Martinsville, Virginia, between 2015-2017. In that time, Smithers reportedly prescribed “more than half a million doses of oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl and other opioids to patients for years.” Smithers was also handed an $86,000 fine along with the...

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