A federal jury in Central Islip returned a guilty verdict this afternoon from Frank Parasmo, a health care health care provider with an office in Deer Park, on 31 counts of unlawfully distributing oxycodone, a really addictive prescription painkiller, and one particular depend of unlawfully distributing hydrocodone with out a legit professional medical intent. The verdict adopted 4 months of trial right before United States District Choose Joan M. Azrack. When sentenced, Dr. Parasmo faces up to 20 yrs in prison.
Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Performing United States Attorney for the Japanese District of New York, and Ray Donovan, Special Agent-in-Cost, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division (DEA), introduced the verdict.
“By prescribing painkillers in the absence of any acknowledged health care have to have, the defendant not only betrayed his oath as a medical professional to do no damage, he also endangered the lives of vulnerable sufferers and contributed to the unfold of the opioid epidemic by peddling harmful medications,” mentioned Performing United States Attorney Kasulis. “As today’s verdict demonstrates, this Office will continue on to maintain accountable health-related pros like the defendant who misuse their sophisticated schooling, specialized schooling and accessibility to prescription painkillers to exploit drug dependency in our communities.”
“The egregious prescribing documents in-depth in court docket proceedings outlined plainly how the defendant disregarded his patients’ wellness, and in its place, risked their life while they experienced from compound abuse,” said DEA Specific Agent-in-Charge Donovan. “There is no justification for a medical doctor, an particular person who is supplied terrific trust and accountability, to set their patient’s life and the public’s wellbeing, in jeopardy. I commend the DEA Long Island District Business Tactical Diversion Squad and the U.S. Attorney’s Business Eastern District of New York for their diligent do the job all over this investigation.”
As established at trial, concerning January 2014 and December 2015, Dr. Parasmo furnished prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone tablets to 18 of his patients without the need of a respectable medical goal and outdoors the class of a qualified healthcare practice. Parasmo issued prescriptions to people who had just concluded detox remedy in rehabilitation facilities, as effectively as sufferers who had just been discharged from the hospital pursuing an overdose, In addition, Parasmo issued prescriptions to numerous clients he understood were having unlawful medicine or who he suspected have been addicts. There is a substantial threat of an overdose when oxycodone is taken with heroin and cocaine. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Parasmo approved more than 1.5 million oxycodone and hydrocodone tablets making him a person of the top prescribers of the painkiller in New York Point out for the duration of that time period of time.
This situation was investigated by the DEA’s Long Island District Office environment Tactical Diversion Squad comprising brokers and officers of the DEA, Nassau County Police Division, Suffolk County Law enforcement Department, Port Washington Police Office, and Office of Wellbeing and Human Products and services-Place of work of Inspector Basic.
The government’s circumstance is remaining dealt with by the Office’s Prolonged Island Legal Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Maffei and Charles P. Kelly are in cost of the prosecution.
Great River, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 19-CR-1 (JMA)