W.Va. Osteopath Sentenced For Illegally Prescribing Opioids

Oct 25, 2019

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing oxycodone outside the bounds of professional practice.

Matthew Sisson was sentenced Wednesday for prescribing Oxycodone to an individual who was not his patient, according to a press release from the federal prosecutor’s office. The case was tried in federal court. 


Sisson admitted writing a prescription for 60 pills to an individual in a hospital lobby in 2017. The individual was not a patient, and Sisson said he did not perform a physical examination of that person.

Sisson previously admitted that while holding an education permit, granted by the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine, he participated in a training program at the Charleston Area Medical Center. But the program at CAMC, and the limited permit issued by the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine, did not permit him to issue prescriptions that were not for legitimate medical purposes. 

Sisson is 29 years old. He was sentenced Wednesday to serve nearly five years in federal prison.