It is a well-known fact that prescription pills are one of the most popular means of getting high for drug abusers. With the rise of prescription pills, more and more medical professionals have been been revealed as the trappers, turning offices into “pill mills” and slinging the pills the fiends need. Last week, two more doctors went down the hard way for abusing their authority to write prescriptions and illegally supplying folks with oxycodone.
On Friday, Michael Minas of River Medical Family Practice in Idaho,was found guilty on 80 out of 146 counts of distributing a controlled substance. Minas’ practice transitioned from a standard family practice to one where fiends could come to satisfy their dependency on painkillers. He charged them $100 per visit. According to the DEA, Minas “knowingly and intentionally prescribed controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.” He primarily prescribed 30 mg pills of oxycodone, for which he provided prescriptions for outrageous dosages of 240, 300, and even 420 pills,for two or three week intervals. He was also found guilty of distributing fentanyl and hydromorphone, as well as medications that had negative interactions with oxycodone, such as benzodiazepines, sedatives, and muscle relaxers.
In the end, Minas is facing a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a maximum fine of $1 million and at least three years of supervised release on each count of conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for July 26.
On the same day, in a separate case, North Texas pharmacist John Christopher Esparza was sentenced to six years in federal prison. On January 5, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.
From November 2012 to September 2015, Esparaza was the top pharmacist at Trinity Pharmacy in Carrolton, TX. He reportedly “sold large quantities” of the painkiller to another individual. Furthermore, an amount of oxycodone at the pharmacy, worth $2.9 million on the street, was “unaccounted for.” He was indicted by a federal jury on September 10, 2015.