California: Doctor admits illegally prescribing 120,000 opioid pills

A Southern California doctor has pleaded guilty to writing prescriptions for more than 120,000 opioid pills over a six-year span, including to an impaired driver who struck and killed a bicyclist, federal prosecutors said.

In his plea agreement, Dr. Dzung Ahn Pham of Tustin admitted distributing the pills without a legitimate medical purpose in exchange for cash and insurance payments. He pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, the Orange County Register reported.

Pham faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 6, 2023, the newspaper said.

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