Minnesota dentist illegally signs extensive opioid prescriptions: 5 things to know

Jerry Brunsoman, DDS, is charged with funneling hundreds of opioid doses through illegal prescriptions to various patients, employees and family members, according to the Star Tribune.

Here are five things to know:

1. Dr. Brunsoman worked at the Institute of Facial Surgery in St. Paul, Minn. There, he allegedly illegal prescribed copious amounts of opioids, including oxycodone, to an employee and his son. The practice, "which does business as the Ideal Skin Laser Rejuvenation Center, is named in the complaint, which seeks civil monetary penalties and injunctive relief," according to the Star Tribune.

2. The civil complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office alleges Dr. Brunsoman prescribed 36 oxycodone pills for a laser technician at the practice over a three-day period. Dr. Brunsoman failed to document a reason for the laser technician's prescription.

3. The investigation began after an office manager complained to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry about suspicious prescriptions.

4. Dr. Brunsoman also allegedly did not keep accurate records of receiving or dispensing controlled substances, including fentanyl, in violation of the Controlled Substance Act.

5. The Minnesota Board of Dentistry ordered Dr. Brunsoman's U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Registry be stripped Aug. 1, which Dr. Brunsoman agreed to.

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