Metro EMS major fired after allegedly stealing controlled substances

Roger Parvin in a 2002 interview
Roger Parvin in a 2002 interview
Dr. Neal Richmond
Dr. Neal Richmond
EMS fly car that Parvin was driving on July 21
EMS fly car that Parvin was driving on July 21

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Allegations of mishandling drugs have left a Louisville Metro EMS supervisor without a job. Major Roger Parvin was fired May 8 after EMS officials say he took home drugs he was suppose 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. The Louisville Metro Police Public Integrity Unit is investigating Parvin's case.

WAVE 3 obtained an accident report from a rollover crash Parvin was involved in back on July 21 at Interstate 65 and the Gene Snyder Freeway which opened the door into the investigation. Investigators say Parvin was driving a department vehicle and was in uniform, but was not responding to an emergency at the time of the 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 Richmond.

Richmond said the accident, 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 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."

Richmond said 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 LMPD 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 said he can't say what happened to the missing medication since it is now under investigation by police.

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

Once the LMPD investigation is complete, they hand over their case to the Commonwealth's Attorney who will decide whether it goes to the grand jury.

We did try to contact Parvin at his home for comment, but there was no answer.

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