PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) – Three family members, including a prominent doctor from Pensacola, are in jail after law enforcement said they were operating a pill mill in their office.
This investigation began in 2019 after complaints from pharmacists and citizens.
“Like all professions, you have bad apples and unfortunately you do here,” Special Agent Chris Williams said.
The Florida Law Enforcement Department has announced charges against Dr William Wilson, his wife Beverly Wilson and son James Wilson. All three accused of running a pill mill in their clinic in Pensacola.
“Dr. William Wilson operated a pill mill at this establishment. Multiple investigative techniques were used including interviews, surveillance, search warrants, subpoenas and evidence reviews to move this case forward, ”Constable Williams said.
The three are charged with conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone
– illegal use of a two-way communication device
– culpable negligence causing actual harm
-and stratagem to defraud
Investigators say that in 2018, the Wilson family prescribed more than 100,000 opioids, 100,000 Xanax and nearly 30,000 Adderall.
One of those patients was an 18-year-old who visited Wilson’s office 10 times in 2018.
The teenager was found dead a day after receiving a prescription from Dr Wilson’s office.
“In his file, there was no note indicating any reason for the release of a controlled substance. On April 26, 2018, he received a prescription for oxycodone. The next day he died of an oxycodone overdose, ”Constable Williams said.
At this time, the doctor is not charged with his death, but this investigation is ongoing.