Dr. Michael Lee Cummings, of Albany Kentucky, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, as well as three years of supervised release and a $400,000 fine after pleading guilty to 13 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances. The investigation of Cummings began in 2015 after it was found that many of his patients had died in overdose-related deaths.
Cummings ran a family practice in Albany, Kentucky for several years. Yet, from 2009 to 2014, Cummings was the in the top 1% of primary care prescribers of opioids in all of Kentucky. These opioids primarily included Oxycodone, hydrocodone, and benzodiazepines. Throughout these years, Cumming prescribed hundreds of thousands of opioids without a legitimate medical purpose. According to the Department of Justice, Cummings prescribed enough opioids in one year alone to provide every man, woman, and child in Albany with 230 hydrocodone pills, 134 Oxycodone pills, and 178 benzodiazepine pills.
In 2015, a Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure expert discovered that many of Cumming’s patients were being treated below an acceptable standard of care. That same year, the Clinton County Coroner found that many of the individuals who suffered overdose deaths were former patients of Cummings.