Watch a North Texas Opioid Pill Mill in Action

In a report from WFAA, viewers can watch as an undercover agent posing as a truck driver obtains opioids from a pill-mill doctor in North Texas. In May, Dr. Tad Taylor and another North Texas physician were sentenced to federal prison for illegally distributing opioids and other controlled substances.

The video of the DEA investigation shows a conversation between Taylor of Taylor Texas Medicine and Nick Bristow, who was then a DeSoto police officer. Bristow and Taylor speak briefly, and Taylor says that he needs to put something in the chart about an injury in case he gets audited.

On a return visit, the WFAA report shows Bristow asking for the most amount of pills he can get even though his urine didn’t show any of the drug in his system. Taylor again says it needs to show up in case he gets audited, but doesn’t ask what is happening to the drugs.

“I didn’t realize how bad the epidemic was when I started,” Bristow told WFAA. “They’re handing out these prescriptions like candy.”

In May, Taylor sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for similar charges. His wife, a registered nurse named Chia Jen Lee, was sentenced to over 15 years in prison for the same charge as her husband. Taylor and Lee owned and operated the Richardson clinic. They were also convicted in October of last year.

Read the story and watch the video here.