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Oakland Doc Could Get 20 Years for Illegal Narcotics Prescriptions

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says fatal overdoses from prescription drugs in the United States are six times the number of fatal overdoses from all other illegal drugs combined

A Ferndale doctor could face up to 20 years in prison after he admitted to writing prescriptions for narcotics he knew would be used illegally and would be reimbursed by Medicare. (Photo: Getty Images)
A Ferndale doctor could face up to 20 years in prison after he admitted to writing prescriptions for narcotics he knew would be used illegally and would be reimbursed by Medicare. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferndale physician Dr. Joel Milliner will be sentenced July 9 after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he wrote illegal narcotics prescriptions. He could spend up to 20 years in prison.

Milliner made his plea before U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press reports.

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade said in a statement that the prescriptions included Opana, Oxycontin and Roxicodone that Milliner knew would be used illegally. The doctor also admitted that he knew the individuals receiving the unnecessary prescriptions would be reimbursed by Medicare.

"Diversion of prescription drugs causes significant harm,” McQuade said. “The number of fatal overdoses from prescription drugs in the United States last year was more than six times the number of fatal overdoses from all other illegal drugs combined."


RON Ostrodamus March 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Do not know the details but people in real pain can be robbed of their sleep which if chronic can lead to fatal organ failures. Cases such as this lead to doctors being reluctant to prescribe. One evening I overheard a vicodin transaction in front of a RO bar with the buyer loudly espousing that it goes great with a beer.

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