2 doctors face up to 20 years in prison for running a $40 million opioid ‘pill mill’

Two Alabama doctors face up to 20 years in prison for running an opioid “pill mill” out of their two mobile clinics.

On Thursday Dr. Xiulu Ruan and Dr. John Patrick Couch were found guilty of over-prescribing addictive and sometimes deadly pain killers to their patients, receiving illegal kickbacks from drugmaker Insys Therapeutics, and engaging in insurance fraud.

The doctors were arrested back in 2015 in an ongoing, wide-ranging investigation called “Operation Pilluted,” federal law enforcement’s answer to the America’s precription drug epidemic.

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