An Alaskan doctor has been sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for illegally prescribing opioids that caused the overdose deaths of five people
David Chisholm, 64, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully distributing and distributing a controlled substance, court documents show.
Chisholm intentionally gave his patients highly addictive and potentially lethal doses and amounts of opioids, according to Frank A. Tarentino III, special agent in charge of the Seattle Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In some cases, Chisholm changed his patients’ names while writing prescriptions so that patients could “continue to refill their medications without raising any red flags from Medicare or their private insurance,” the press release said.
“Unfortunately, Dr. Chisholm sacrificed his reputation as a patient advocate and his years of service to the Alaskan community by prescribing too many opioids,” Nick Oberheiden, Chisholm’s attorney, told CNN in a statement. sent by email. “He expressed sincere remorse in open court and he accepts the consequences of his misconduct. He hopes his case will serve as a warning to other physicians facing the same dilemma when treating chronic pain.”
Interim data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that a record number of people died from drug overdoses in the one-year period ending June 2021. It is estimated that 101,263 people in the United States died from drug overdoses during the 12-month period. period ending June 2021 – up nearly 21% from a year earlier, CNN reported.
Chisholm must be watched for three years after his release and pay a $25,000 fine, prosecutors said.
CNN’s Deidre McPhillips contributed to this report.