Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Pill Mill Doc Faces 25 Years

A Hillsborough County doctor faces up to 25 years in prison for his role in pill mills, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Monday.

Dr. Paul Awa was convicted of conspiracy to traffic more than 28 grams of oxycodone. Bondi said Awa provided only cursory physical exams of patients before prescribing the addictive painkillers at three different offices, as part of the J.W. Wellness pain management clinic. The patients were from across Florida, as well as out of state, Bondi said.

Awa faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison. He also faces 14 additional counts of trafficking oxycodone and other drug-related charges, according to the news release.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.