On Thursday, May 25, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York announced that Dr. Frank Parasmo, a former physician from Deer Park, was sentenced to 36 months in prison, plus three years beyond prison, for illegally dispensing prescriptions for oxycodone take care of.
According to the trial, between January 2014 and February 2015, Palasmo, 76, prescribed oxycodone and hydrocodone to 18 patients without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the course of professional medical practice. .
In many cases, Parasmo prescribes them for patients he knows are taking illegal drugs or who he suspects are addicts.
The risk of overdose is significant when oxycodone is mixed with cocaine or heroin.
Parasmo is also prescribed to patients who have been discharged from the hospital after an overdose and those who have just left rehab.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported that the doctor continued to prescribe even after being warned that some patients were abusing the pills or reselling them on the street.
Over five years, Parasmo has prescribed more than 1.5 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills — one of the most prescribed in New York State.
Once Parasmo found out he was under investigation by the DEA, doctors cut his prescriptions in half.
“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that physicians who serve as drug dealers face significant consequences,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace.
“The office remains committed to using all available tools to address the damage the opioid crisis is doing to our communities.”