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CrimeEx-doctor in Texas sentenced to 20 years in prison over opioid deaths

08:30  10 may  2019
08:30  10 may  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Howard Gregg Diamond, whose office was in Sherman, north of Dallas, pleaded guilty to federal drug distribution charges in November.

The 57-year-old conspired with others to write unnecessary prescriptions for highly addictive drugs like fentanyl, hydrocodone and morphine.

Fox 4 reported that according to authorities, the overdose deaths occurred in the Texas cities of Abilene, McKinney and Sulphur Springs, and in the Oklahoma cities of Ardmore, Hugo, Idabel and Yukon.

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The Texas Medical Board suspended Diamond in 2017, the news outlet reported, saying he “posed a continuing threat to public welfare.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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