A former substance abuse treatment counselor was sentenced federal prison Wednesday for giving fentanyl patches to patients at a Charleston substance abuse treatment center.
United States District Judge Irene Berger sentenced 51-year-old David Reeves, of Beckley, to 16 months in prison for illegally distributing the drug to the patient, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said in a news release Wednesday.
As part of his plea, Reeves admitted that he had an inappropriate relationship with a patient at Charleston Treatment Center, where he worked as a counselor from 2016 through October 2018.
Reeves admitted to giving the patient fentanyl patches he had stolen from his wife’s supply, and at the time he gave the patient the fentanyl, he knew the patient was being treated for opioid use disorder at the center. The evidence also showed that Reeves sold fentanyl to a different patient at the center.
Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn handled the prosecution.
This prosecution was the result of the efforts of investigators working in the Opioid Fraud Abuse and Detection Unit, a Department of Justice initiative that uses data to identify and prosecute individuals that are contributors to the national opioid crisis.