FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4)- Seven people are charged in South Florida with supplying more than 1 million tablets of oxycodone painkiller to drug dealers and to fill pill mill doctor prescriptions.

Federal authorities said the group operated a Fort Lauderdale pharmacy that dispensed more than 28 times the national average for oxycodone between April 2009 and May 2010. Investigators also found almost two-thirds of prescriptions on file were counterfeit. Some 66,000 pills couldn’t be accounted for.

The eight-count indictment includes drug conspiracy, money laundering and related charges.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials said such rogue pharmacies are another way drug traffickers and addicts illegally obtain large amounts of oxycodone and other drugs.

Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said Florida prescribes 10 times more oxycodone pills than all other states combined.

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