Judge says doctor who fueled painkiller ‘epidemic’ must go to prison now – Las Vegas…

Federal prosecutors say longtime physician James Tinnell has contributed to the “epidemic” of prescription drug abuse in the Las Vegas Valley.

Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt had no trouble believing that in May, when he sentenced Tinnell to two years in prison for unlawfully distributing the addictive painkiller oxycodone.

Tinnell, 75, is supposed to surrender to federal prison authorities on Friday.

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