Former pain physician sentenced to 20 years in prison after allegedly causing multiple overdoses: 5 details

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Former pain management physician Howard Gregg Diamond, MD, pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to federal drug distribution charges, KATC News reports.

Here's what you should know:

1. Dr. Diamond pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, in addition to other charges.

2. He will serve 20 years in federal prison.

3. In 2017, a federal grand jury alleged Dr. Diamond conspired with others to unnecessarily prescribe drugs such as fentanyl, hydrocodone and morphine. The prescriptions allegedly contributed to the deaths of seven people in Texas and Oklahoma from 2012 to 2016.

4. Dr. Diamond acknowledged responsibility for one patient overdose, his attorney told the Dallas Morning News.

5. Dr. Diamond practiced at Diamondback Pain and Wellness Center in Sherman, Texas, Dallas News reports. The Texas Medical Board suspended him in 2017.

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