Doctor Accused of Overprescribing Painkillers

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SCRANTON -- A doctor in Lackawanna County is charged with prescribing large amounts of oxycodone to patients.

Dr. Louis Adamo, 60, of Moscow faces three counts of improperly prescribing the drug to two patients between 2015 and 2016.

Adamo has an office on Keyser Avenue in Scranton.

At one point, police say one of his patients was acquiring 240 oxycodone pills every eight to 10 days.


  • trucker

    According to media too many ACTUAL pain pills is bad but we need to legalize pot, a Psychedelic drug because cancer is painful. I would bet dollars to donuts the patients had some horrible cancer and the reporters were told NOT to report that.

  • Tim

    Years ago I needed a new physician so I asked many nurses I know and yes they recommended hands down Dr. Adamo. Many said their family members go to him. He is a great Dr. So if you dont understand, pain, oxycodone and their milligrams maybe you shouldn’t speak. On second thought just shut up!

      • Linda

        You’re an idiot. He gave 2 patients a large prescription. That hardly qualifies him to hand it out like candy. Maybe you should try reading more thoroughly. My mother was in incredible pain and the doctor said to take as much as she needed to be comfortable. When someone is dying, it doesn’t really matter how much they take. You’re just trying to make the patient comfortable until it’s over.

  • J K

    There’s more to this story. I’ve known Dr. Adamo for 15 years. His former medical assistant who used to take me back for my weight and vitals all the time, Tara Neary, was arrested back in August (you can search the story on here, that’s where I just saw it) for forging fake prescriptions for pain pills for her and her friends. I know how it goes at his office – they hand him a bunch of stuff that needs to be signed, he signs, and then they distribute them in envelopes for patients to pick up. I guarantee that’s what this is – she was forging the prescriptions, and he just signed them without really looking closely at them. He is literally the LAST doctor in this area who’d purposely do something like this. No way.

    • In the know

      Maybe his patients can go to Dr Kurt Moran’s practice! He and his office staff write pain killers for just about anyone. I can’t believe he and his office staff are not behind bars yet! It’s only a matter of time! And…what will DiPietros Pharmacy do without all the Oxy scripts to fill? They may go bankrupt! The DEA needs to target these offices next!

      • Tom DePietro

        We will be just fine but thank you for your concern. I personally invite you to come to the pharmacy too see all we offer our patients. You have an open invitation.

        Tom DePietro

      • Craig

        In the know
        If you watched or read the news it was DiPietros Pharmacy that notified them of this so if it was all about the money they would have turned there head but Tom and the workers there are great and honest people get you facts straight and repost with correct posts thank you

      • TJ

        Are you a patient of Dr. Moran’s? I am. And he and his staff do not operate that way. If you don’t have evidence of chronic pain, you will not be treated by them. It’s that simple. They are great there. Very knowledgeable and help you out the best way possible. Not with just pain pills.

      • personal witness

        Moran has made so many addicts through his office. Proof of pain, HaHa!! That office will give out even more than 1 pain medication, hell, ive seen some on 3 or 4 different meds. this is sad and he should be in jail.

      • open waters

        Personal Witness that comment is slanderous. The doctor doesn’t make an addict. The addict had issues to start with. Addicts make the choices to continue using.

    • Frank Rizzo

      He’s going to a Federal pound me in the behind prison. Along with that pharmacist from Rite Aid. HAAHAAAHAH!

  • Concerned

    This man is my doctor. I do not believe he did anything wrong. He was always professional and always encouraged me to get off my even antidepressants if he didn’t think I needed them. The truth will come out and he will be vindicated. Don’t be so quick to judge.

  • Brown sugar

    The more pressure that is put on doctors will just make more and more people become unsanitary heroin and fentanyl needle pushing street junkies. Nice job DEA!

    • #Reality

      Docs can’t keep increasing MG and QTY because people are using and abusing them. Those who are on them should be taking them properly and not abusing them. What turns people to the street drugs is the fact that they can’t get more from there docs because they misused them. It’s not the docs or the DEA it’s people choosing not to get help and get off of them or being aware of how you are taking them. I know some people will need them for the rest of their life but most don’t need them or are selling them as it is. It needs to stop! To many people are dying due to pain pills!

  • warningfakenews

    While little to do with this discussion, pain is an illusion of the mind, anyhow. We don’t experience anything in our world directly, sight, sound, touch, taste, smell- and pain- all of these things are the result of electrical signals through nerves and none of them mean anything until a mind interprets them. Pain can be located in a place in our body which no longer exists.

    Our mind can be rather easily fooled to believe that a limb that is nothing but a dummy limb is the real thing. An experiment that proves that last one could be done by rank amateurs to show the veracity of that claim, too. It’s fascinating stuff.

    • Doc

      Interesting. It’s amazing how my “illusion of the mind” was completely cured by a neurosurgeon at U Penn by removing the disk and bone that was pressing on the nerve roots.

      • James

        Mine was not. Nerves were cut and reconnected a month later. My nerves were burned but it lasted 1 week on the left and did nothing on the right. Maybe some should try it and see what an illusion it is.

  • SmokinAlana

    Guy probably is pals with the Kravitz Physician assistant that was busted for stealing pain pills and am also lives in Moscow.

  • 🤔

    240 pills every 8-10 days? Do the math. That’s 24-30 pills a day. Keep in mind there’s only 24 hrs in a day so it’s an excessive amount of pills. This is why there is an opioid epidemic. Things need to be monitored otherwise the pain meds get out of hand. This is a perfect example!

  • A physician

    I’m so surprised at all the people rushing to judgement when not nearly all thof facts have been provided. 1) who is charging the doctor? The Federal DEA, The State of PA, Lackawanna county?

    What crime is actually being committed? Writing a prescription for a pain medicine is not a crime for a physician. What dose was this patient on? Oxycodone comes in multiple strengths. How long had this person been on pain meds, what was their ailments.

    While I highly agree that there is an opioid epidemic and we all health care providers needs to work together with the law agencies on how to fight this,

    Everyone needs to put their tar and feathers away and work together.

    • El Ma

      A PHYSICIAN, I completely agree that the “opioid epidemic” exists, and that some doctors may play a role in it. But, I have typed, and will continue to type that it is the responsibility of the person taking the prescribed medication to deal with their issues, and not the government.

      Doctors are not able to look at a patient and determine whether or not that patient is in genuine pain, or not, in many cases. However, if a patient has chronic pain, then it behooves the doctor to say, “Listen, you need pain management for three months, and then we’ll see what we see.”

      • TJ

        Again you’re incorrect. One doesn’t go to Pain Management for 3 months. It is usually years or a lifetime unless the condition can be corrected with surgery.

      • El Ma

        TJ, stop trying to be the Hall Monitor – you are splitting hairs with semantics and not actually reading the words that are posted.

        Insurance companies will not pay for a patient to see a pain management specialist for years, much less a lifetime. There are techniques that can be used for patients to manage their own pain without using medications, and there are a number of natural approaches, as well.

      • El Ma

        I’ve been involved with pain management and I have lived with chronic pain for 30 years. It can be managed, but there are rare occasions when medication breaks the cycle of pain long enough that I can actually rest. This is for the rest of my life and your comments convey an overblown self-important dictator. Settle down. Being “right” doesn’t remedy feeling threatened.

        Oh, look at that! I’ve been permanently banned, so disregard my comment. And, the rest that will follow.

      • TJ

        If you have been in Pain Management that long then you would agree with me. So I can’t trust in your “knowledge” about the subject. I have been in PM for MANY years and I have no issues with my insurance company. I have no surgical recourse so I have no choice but to take pain meds. Do I like it? No I really don’t. Are there other ways for me to manage my pain? No there really isn’t. Everyone is different. Everyone has a different problem. Sorry you’re banned, but I’m sure you’re still reading this.

      • El Ma

        TJ, I don’t rightly care whether you trust my experiences or “knowledge base,” or not. I know what I do from my own experiences. With regard to the insurance coverage, it depends entirely upon the insurance provider.

        With regard to long-term management, it’s a good thing that you’re dealing with it. It’s no easy task to manage pain and we live in a society of instant gratification where everyone believes that doctors have some magic wand that they can wave to cure us. Or, there’s the one-and-done pill that will be the silver bullet.

        As for being banned, it is what it is. Whomever the butt-sore individual is, our Order prayed for him, this evening, along with all of the other people out there who are suffering, grieving, or healing. Think of it this way: one hundred years from now, nobody will know or care about WNEP, comment boards, or El Ma. ;-)

    • commentswithabrain

      I agree completely. Two patients seems indicative that this doctor wasn’t doling out pills to whoever asked for them; this may have been a case of someone getting a hold of an Rx pad and writing scripts. Until more information comes out nobody should speculate, and, in my opinion, WNEP should be digging a little deeper as well.

  • El Ma

    It seems that a conscientious physician would really examine a patient’s records to see what their chronic conditions are before writing prescriptions for god-tier pain killers. Pain management involves learning how to cope with the condition instead of expecting it to disappear with medication.

  • laura

    doing the math on this even with the highest amount he could prescribe (meaning lowest amount of time in between doses and highest mg per dose *not the norm) it only comes out to 96 pills for 8 days. that puts it at 2 pills every 4 hours to get that 96. for 10 days it would 120 pills. for 240 pills it would be 4 times the normal dosage

    • SMDH

      On the patient visit, yes…..but on the Oxy, no. That ship set sail many, many moons ago. Doctors can’t even get note pads or pens from drug companies anymore let alone money for prescribing medications. This doc is a disgrace and should be punished to the full extent of the law and his patient records examined thoroughly for ties to anyone who may have died as a result of his over-prescribing.

      • commentswithabrain

        You should pray you never get arrested; there are almost ZERO facts out in reference to this case yet you’re ready to stone him to death. We are all (including doctors) INNOCENT until proven guilty by a jury of our peers. Shame on you sir.

  • warningfakenews

    I have no clue as to the details of this, but the presumption of innocence is within the rights of the doctor until found guilty. One scenario here could be two terminally ill, stage four cancer patients in hospice care. It may be totally appropriate then- but we aren’t given any of the details in this story. If it was two girlfriends or a couple of pushers, that’s another thing.
    A truly free society would allow the patient to make the decision on what to use for pain management. A partially free society allows the doctor to be the judge on that. A tyrannical society has a bureaucrat making these decisions. We tend to fail when we try to legislate against stupidity, the “war on drugs” has had no real benefit for society.

      • warningfakenews

        Thanks Brian, not much- I work odd hours, too.

        Funny thing about my posting, from my computer, I’ve got this site restricted, due to it freezing up my computer, and don’t see the thumbs up or down. On rare occasions I use my phone for this, I do. It’s better I don’t see the thumbs up/down, so I really don’t play to that- although, I guess that doing so is human nature with all of us.

        Anyhow, thanks again.

  • commentswithabrain

    I am very shocked about this. I’ve met Doctor Adamo quite a few times and he seemed to be a good physician. Hopefully there is an explanation as to what and why this happened.

  • Fredric

    Opioids By Dr. Feel Good!!

    But this guys was tame.

    Would SOMEONE please proofread the grammar? “Patients was” is wrong about THREE WAYS.

    Give me some opioids. I’m in pain!! Arrest the author and editor for butchering a perfectly good language.

    • laura

      it’s possible the pharmacy or pharmacies, is who reported him, plus there’s a tracking system in place for these drugs. there are instances that can necessitate that many pills but it’s rare and usually involves something fatal like cancer, but again rare because it’s not usually pill form. the process can be slow when reporting and they’ll keep filling because they can’t really refuse – plus every one filled is more evidence against him

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