Dracut doc charged with prescribing opioids that led to patient’s death to be arraigned later this month


DRACUT — The Dracut doctor facing a slew of serious charges after he allegedly illegally prescribed opioids that resulted in an at-risk patient’s death will be arraigned next week at Middlesex Superior Court.

Dr. Richard Miron, who according to the state Attorney General’s Office also allegedly illegally prescribed opioids to other at-risk patients for no legitimate medical purpose and defrauded MassHealth, is expected to be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Dec. 20 at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn.

Miron, 76, was indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury last Thursday on 23 counts of illegal prescribing of controlled substances, 23 counts of Medicaid false claims, and one count of involuntary manslaughter.

The AG’s Office alleges Miron was responsible for the death of a patient on March 17, 2016. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the woman’s death was caused by acute intoxication from the combined effects of fentanyl, morphine, codeine and butalbital, all prescribed by Miron.

The AG’s Office began investigating the doctor in September 2017 after the matter was referred by MassHealth. Miron was the largest provider of high-dose, short-acting oxycodone prescriptions of all MassHealth care providers across the state from September 2015 to February 2016.

MassHealth terminated Miron from its program in September 2017.

Miron used to operate out of a professional office building located at 149 Pleasant St. The building is now the home of a family dentistry practice and a tax center, among other businesses.

The building at 149 Pleasant St. is owned by RMC Holdings, LLC, according to the Assessors Department.

Alana Melanson contributed to this report.

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