Florissant dentist gets prison term over illegal prescriptions

ST. LOUIS – A Missouri dentist was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison and fined $50,000 after admitting he illegally prescribed drugs for a woman despite being aware she had a drug problem and a history of mental illness.

Bradley Seyer, of Florissant, pleaded guilty in June to two felony charges of making false statements to Medicare and illegally issuing prescriptions for narcotic opioids without a legitimate medical purpose, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release.

Prosecutors say the woman died in July 2018 from a fentanyl overdose, but that Seyer didn’t prescribe the fentanyl that killed her.

Seyer had a personal relationship with the woman that lasted more than 10 years, prosecutors said. In his plea agreement, Seyer admitted he and the women used street and prescription drugs together for recreational purposes.

Shortly after Seyer’s guilty plea in the case, the Missouri Legislature restricted the ability of dentists to write prescriptions for long-acting or high-dose opioids, prosecutors said.

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