U.S. Accuses 11 Doctors Of Illegally Peddling Opioids In Appalachian States

Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's criminal division, announcing arrests for illegal opioid sales in April. On Wednesday, he revealed another 11 arrests of doctors for illegal distribution of opioids. John Minchillo/AP

Federal prosecutors are charging 11 doctors with unlawfully distributing opioids and other substances, in the second large operation to target "pill mill" operators and health care fraud this year. Two other people also face charges in the sting.

"The alleged conduct resulted in the distribution of more than 17 million pills" in the Appalachian region, the Justice Department said.