Kentucky Dentist Sentenced For Giving Drug Addicts Opioids, Feds Say

A Kentucky dentist was sentenced in federal court on Friday to 20 years in prison for illegally prescribing opioids to patients he knew were addicted, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Dr. Jay M. Sadolinia, 61, of Villa Hills, prescribed “potent opioids” to patients whose medical records included a history of substance abuse disorder, the Department of Justice announced. stated in a statement Friday. One of Sadolinia’s patients died of a morphine overdose days after Sadolinia “billed the patient $37,000 for dental treatment and prescribed medically unnecessary amounts of narcotics, including morphine.” This was made clear in the statement.

Sadolinia was convicted in June 2023 of “one count of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and one count of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance,” the Justice Department said. another statement. The statement said Sadrinya’s dental procedures were routine and that the prescription of controlled substances was inappropriate and dangerous. (Related: Judge sentences wealthy dentist to life in prison for murdering wife during African safari trip)

Four weeks after Sadolinia’s conviction, the Kentucky Board of Dentistry revoked his dental license in the state.

“Having due regard to the totality of the circumstances, the Board of Directors, by vote of a majority of the Board, [Law Enforcement Committee]I hereby order that your license to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky be immediately revoked for the foregoing reasons necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare…” a letter informing him of his revocation; Partially read.

Sadolinia practiced dentistry for 30 years, both at Tri-State Implant and Sedation Dentistry in Crescent Springs and at three other clinics in northern Kentucky that he owned and operated, the Lexington Herald reported. The paper reported. report.

The Justice Department said Sadolinia faced a maximum sentence of life in prison for the patient’s overdose death.