Kentucky Dentist Sentenced For Unlawfully Prescribing Opioids To Drug Addicts

Dr. Jay M. Sadrinia, a dentist from Kentucky, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for unlawfully prescribing opioids to patients with known substance abuse disorders, resulting in the death of one patient due to a morphine overdose.

The federal court ruling follows Sadrinia’s conviction in June 2023 on charges of unlawful distribution of controlled substances resulting in death and unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

Sadrinia prescribed “powerful opioids” to patients despite documenting their history of substance abuse disorder in their medical charts. One patient died of a morphine overdose days after receiving costly dental procedures and unnecessary quantities of narcotics prescribed by Sadrinia.

Following his conviction, the Kentucky Board of Dentistry revoked Sadrinia’s license to practice dentistry in the state. The board cited the need to protect public health, safety, and welfare due to the circumstances surrounding Sadrinia’s actions.

Sadrinia, who had been practicing dentistry for three decades at multiple clinics in northern Kentucky, faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the patient’s overdose death.