Metro EMS Major fired after allegedly stealing controlled substances

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Allegations of mishandling drugs leave a Louisville Metro EMS Major without a job. Major Roger Parvin was fired Monday after EMS officials say Parvin took home drugs he was supposed to destroy.

Dr. Neal Richmond, director of Metro EMS, says Parvin was in charge of tracking controlled substances used by EMS. He's now accused of taking about 180 vials of controlled substances home.

Louisville Metro Police Public Integrity unity is investigating Parvin's case. WAVE 3 obtained an accident report from a rollover crash Parvin was involved in back on July 21st at I-65 and the Gene Snyder, which opened the door into the investigation.

Investigators say Parvin was in a department vehicle in uniform but, he wasn't responding to an emergency during in July 21st crash.

"We have discretion in any vehicle accident if there is any reasonable suspicion we also do drug testing and that was initiated at that time," said Dr. Richmond.

Dr. Neal Richmond says that coupled with a caller complaining the same day about Parvin, raised red flags.

"EMS supervisor vehicle had been seen driving erratically in a neighborhood," said Dr. Richmond. "Had actually struck two mailboxes, the mirror had come off and that vehicle was noted to be driving into a home driveway and hit a car."

Dr. Richmond says based on the two accidents, Parvin was called in for questioning and admitted he used non-prescribed pain pills.

"He admitted to using oxycontin the weekend before, but not again directly proceeding the accident," said Richmond.

Parvin was then suspended without pay, pending an investigation which uncovered even more.

"We use a certain amount of controlled substances out in the field," said Richmond. "Drugs like morphine, ativan, valium. He was responsible for the tracking of those medications."

After an internal audit, Richmond says they discovered instead of destroying expired meds, Parvin took home about 180 vials worth. He was supposed to take them to the metro police narcotics unit to be destroyed.

"We immediately sent a senior supervisor to the house to pick up those medications, brought them back, there was a discrepancy in the number that went out and the number that came back," said Richmond.

Richmond says he can't say what happened to the missing medication, since it's now under investigation by police.

WAVE 3 did try to contact Parvin at his home but, there was no answer.

Parvin served with the former Jefferson County EMS. He has been with Metro EMS since 2005. In 2008, he was honored by the department as supervisor of the year.

Metro Police say their public integrity unit is investigating, they hand over their case to the Commonwealth's Attorney who will decide whether it goes to the grand jury.