SHERMAN – A Texas doctor has been sentenced to prison for his involvement in the overdose deaths of at least seven people in various towns across Texas and Oklahoma, according to court documents.
It was reported by prosecutors that in 2010, Howard Gregg Diamond started prescribing medications including fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, and methadone to patients for illegitimate medical purposes.
Court records showed that the known overdose deaths in Texas occurred in Abilene, McKinney, Sulphur Springs.
Other overdoses connected to Diamond were reported in the Oklahoma cities of Ardmore, Hugo, Idabel, and Yukon, stated the documents.
The indictment reads that the deaths happened within a month of the patients filling Diamond’s prescriptions.
Diamond’s medical license was suspended in 2017 with the Texas Medical Board citing that he “posed a continuing threat to public welfare.”
In October 2018, Howard Gregg Diamond pleaded guilty to the federal drug distribution charges against him and on Thursday, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.