DETROIT, MI - A Ferndale physician was sentenced to 5 1\/2 years in prison for fraudulently prescribing pain medication on January 23rd, 2015.\r\n\r\n\r\nJoel Adrian Milliner, M.D., 46-years-old, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen in Detroit, Michigan.\r\nMilliner pleaded guilty on March 25, 2014, to one count of distribution of controlled substances. According to the plea documents, Milliner distributed 6,190 dosage units of oxymorphone and approximately 19,535 dosage units of oxycodone, both powerful narcotic painkillers, outside the scope of any legitimate medical practice. Milliner knew the individuals seeking these powerful drugs were going to sell them to others.\r\nU.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade stated, \u201cWe hope that cases like this one will alert doctors that prescribing medically unnecessary prescription drugs is a serious crime that will land them in prison. More people die from overdoses of prescription drugs in America than from overdoses of all other drugs combined.\u201d\r\n\u201cPhysicians who recklessly prescribe medications knowing that they will be diverted and potentially harm the public will be held accountable\u201d, said Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General\u2014Chicago Region. \u201cThe OIG and our partners will continue to focus our attention on instances where physicians choose to prescribe controlled substances outside the course of the legitimate medical need of their patients.\u201d\r\nThe case was investigated by the FBI and HHS-OIG and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip A. Ross.