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Florissant dentist gets 18 months in prison for over-prescribing pills

Florissant dentist gets 18 months in prison for over-prescribing pills

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY — A dentist from Florissant was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 18 months in prison for illegally prescribing drugs to a former patient and employee with whom he was having an affair.

Dr. Bradley A. Seyer’s girlfriend died of a fentanyl overdose in Des Peres in July 2018. Some of the drugs Seyer prescribed were in her system when she died, but he did not prescribe the fentanyl, according to his plea agreement.

He did admit that he knew she was abusing both street drugs and prescription drugs. The pair had discussed her depression and thoughts of suicide, court documents said, and they used both street and prescription drugs together. Seyer prescribed her opiate-based pain medications as well as the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the muscle relaxant Soma, his plea said. He also gave her money, bought her jewelry and took her on vacations, the plea said.

Under recommended federal guidelines, Seyer, 53, faced 18 to 24 months in prison.

In court Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Lay sought a stiffer sentence, citing the death of the woman, who was not named in court, and the danger to Seyer’s other patients.

Defense lawyer Daniel Juengel asked for probation, saying that Seyer has struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues for years. He said that Seyer has entered treatment and will or has surrendered his dentist license and his license to prescribe drugs. Seyer has also lost his business, he said.

Seyer said he over-prescribed drugs to patients “so I could feel like their savior.”

Seyer pleaded guilty in June to two felony charges of making false statements to Medicare. U.S. District Judge Ronnie White also ordered the married father of three to pay a $50,000 fine. Seyer has already paid back the cost of the drugs that he prescribed.

Prosecutors pointed out in a statement Wednesday that shortly after Seyer’s plea, Missouri legislators restricted the ability of dentists to write prescriptions for long-acting, extended release or high-dosage opioids.

A spokeswoman for Missouri's Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs said Thursday that Seyer "voluntarily closed his drug registration" on Feb. 19, 2019.  

The Division of Professional Registration said Thursday that there was no public discipline listed on Seyer's license.

UPDATED Thursday with information from two regulatory agencies.

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