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Pill Epidemic: Prison For Dealers vs. Probation For Docs

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

What’s the difference between a street-level dealer who gets caught with a few pain pills, and a doctor who may have written hundreds of prescriptions? According to legal observers, the street-level dealers often face long prison sentences, while the doctors who can afford high-priced attorneys might escape with just probation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  

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