Federal agents from the DEA and FBI raided Primary Care Specialists in TexARKana on Tuesday morning, and arrested Dr. Lonnie Parker.
Duane Kees, United States attorney for the Western District of Arkansas; and Justin King, assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said Parker was arrested on federal charges. A federal grand jury in the Western District of Arkansas indicted Parker on nine counts of prescribing without a legitimate medical purpose outside the scope of a professional practice.
Primary Care Specialists is located at E. 24th St. and County Avenue in Texarkana.
Dr. Parker has been in legal trouble for over prescribing in the past. Parker has also been convicted of possessing child pornography.
According to the Indictment, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Little Rock District Office (LRDO), Tactical Diversion and Diversion Groups initiated an investigation into Parker in 2018.
The DEA had received complaints from local law enforcement about a suspected pill mill and possible overdose death of a patient. Investigators analyzed prescription drug monitoring data attributed to Dr. Parker, and the investigation revealed Dr. Parker was an over-prescriber of controlled substances. The prescriptions included opiates, benzodiazepines, and promethazine with codeine cough syrup.
In the two-year period analyzed, Dr. Parker prescribed approximately 1.2 million dosage units of opiates, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, to approximately 1,508 patients (approximately 847 dosage units per patient). Dr. Parker also prescribed approximately 16 gallons of Promethazine with codeine cough syrup to approximately 29 patients during the same time period. These prescriptions included several prescriptions written in combination with narcotics and sedatives to high diversion risk patients.
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