Dracut Doctor Indicted For Manslaughter in Opioid Overdose
Dec 12, 2018 10:20AM
By Bill Gilman
MA state police
WOBURN — A Dracut doctor has been indicted was indicted on multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, for allegedly illegally prescribing opioids to an at-risk patient that resulted in her death, according to state Attorney General Maura Healey.
Dr. Richard Miron, 76, whose Dracut practice focused on internal medicine, was also accused by Healey's office of illegally prescribing opioids to other at-risk patients for no legitimate medical purpose and defrauding the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth).
Miron was indicted on charges of: illegal prescribing of controlled substances (23 counts), Medicaid false claims (23 counts), and involuntary manslaughter (one count in connection with the death of one patient).
He will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court at a later date.
Miron could not be reached for comment at his office located at 149 Pleasant St.
The AG’s Office began an investigation in September 2017, after the matter was referred by MassHealth.
From September 2015 to February 2016, Miron ranked as the largest provider of high dose, short acting oxycodone prescriptions among all MassHealth providers in the state, according to the AG's office.
MassHealth terminated Miron from the program in September 2017. He is not currently practicing medicine following an agreement with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.
The AG’s investigation alleges that Miron was responsible for the death of a female patient on March 17, 2016.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that her death was caused by acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, morphine, codeine and butalbital, all of which were prescribed by Miron.
Investigators allege that Miron was aware that the victim previously had overdosed on opioids that he prescribed and was treated and discharged from Lowell General Hospital on Feb. 2, 2016, yet he allegedly continued to prescribe large doses of opioids to the patient on that date and multiple other dates up to March 9, 2016.
The AG’s investigation found that in multiple other instances, Miron allegedly prescribed opioids, including oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, methadone and hydromorphone to patients for no legitimate medical purpose.
The AG’s Office alleges that Miron prescribed the drugs, which have a high potential for abuse, to some patients despite their documented substance use disorders.
Drug screens ordered and reviewed by Miron indicated that many patients were negative for prescribed opioids and positive for cocaine, heroin or other non-prescribed opioids, but Miron allegedly continued to prescribe opioids to those patients.
The illegal prescriptions Miron allegedly wrote caused pharmacies to unwittingly falsely bill MassHealth for the medication.