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Correction: Doctor-Overprescribing Opioids story

May 1, 2019

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — In a story April 29 about a former Indiana doctor sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to overprescribing painkillers, The Associated Press reported erroneously where he lives and the story should have included his middle name. Jay Kaushik Joshi, 34, is from Woodridge, Illinois, not Woodstock, Illinois.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Former doctor sentenced for overprescribing painkillers

A former northwestern Indiana doctor who pleaded guilty to overprescribing painkillers has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana doctor who pleaded guilty to overprescribing painkillers has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II said Monday that Jay Kaushik Joshi, formerly a general practice physician in Munster, also was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine after pleading guilty last year to dispensing hydrocodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.

Federal prosecutors say the 34-year-old Woodridge, Illinois, man was one of Indiana’s top 10 Drug Enforcement Administration-registered prescribers of controlled substances. They alleged Joshi issued more than 6,000 prescriptions for controlled substances between April and November 2017. He was indicted in January 2018.

Prosecutors say Joshi’s medical license has been suspended since February 7, 2018.