SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A former Sherman doctor whose practice was tied to seven overdose deaths was formally sentenced Thursday.
Howard Gregg Diamond, who operated pain management centers in Sherman and Paris, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison as part of a plea. He had faced up to life in prison.
Diamond pleaded guilty to federal drug distribution and fraud violations in October.
Court documents say Diamond wrote prescriptions for pain medications without a legitimate medical purpose, resulting in the death of at least seven patients.
In July 2014, Diamond distributed or dispensed morphine, oxycodone, alprazolam and zolpidem to an individual that resulted in that individual’s death later that month. Additionally, Diamond had a claim for reimbursement for services submitted to Medicare claiming he treated a Medicare patient in, 2015, although he was in another state at that time.
"Physicians like Dr. Diamond have been fueling the opioid crisis in this country," said U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown. "The number of pills that he was putting out on the street was shocking. And in this case, death was linked to those pills. Undoubtedly, others' addictions were worsened, and families suffered as a result. To reduce the impact of opioids, doctors have to take their obligations seriously, and if they don't, there will be more prosecutions like this."