In the case of the confidential informants, Esposito wrote prescriptions for 120 pills of 30 milligrams. Thirty milligrams is considered a high dose of the potent narcotic painkiller. He allegedly provided the undercover agents with prescriptions for 30 or 60 pills of 30 milligrams. Esposito also allegedly provided individuals who visited his office with oxycodone prescriptions written for other individuals who never visited the office. It is alleged that Esposito typically charged $90 to write an oxycodone prescription for 120 pills of 30 milligrams.
Esposito was lodged in the Morris County Jail with bail set at $75,000.
Under state law, second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $150,000. Because the charge is an indictable offense, the case will be presented to a state grand jury for potential indictment.
After his arrest, Esposito surrendered his federal registration to write prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances.
In addition, state Consumer Affairs Director Thomas R. Calcagni issued an emergent order immediately suspending Esposito’s state CDS registration. The order represents the first such action under the powers granted by the Legislature to the director to ensure the public safety and welfare where CDS prescribing is concerned.
“Because the danger of indiscriminate prescribing of highly addictive narcotics is so inimical to the public health and safety, I have taken this extraordinary step to ensure that Dr. Esposito will do no further harm to the people of the state of New Jersey,” Calcagni said.
The state Board of Medical Examiners has been informed of the arrest and will be considering additional action with regard to Esposito’s medical license in New Jersey.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM