McKinney Doctor Who Gave Patients ‘the Equivalent of Prescription Heroin' Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison

A longtime McKinney doctor who prescribed large amounts of drugs without a legitimate medical reason was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison this week. Randall William Wade prescribed more hydrocodone -- a highly addictive opioid -- than any other doctor in Collin County in 2015, according to federal investigators. In addition to his 10-year prison sentence, Wade must pay a $50,000 fine along with a $1,000 special assessment. He pleaded guilty last year to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances. The drugs included hydrocodone, alprazolam, also known as Xanax, a muscle relaxant called carisprodol and amphetamine salts. A federal prosecutor called the combination of those drugs "the equivalent of prescription heroin."Wade also pleaded guilty to nine counts of money laundering and aiding and abetting. Those charges involved more than $227,000 derived from his unlawful activity.   Continue reading...

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