Some Charges Dropped Against Area Doctor

Nearly four-dozen indictments against a former Springfield doctor in an opioid abuse case are being dropped.  

Frank Stirlacci, who had offices in Agawam and Springfield  before volunteering to end his practice in 2016, is accused of  improperly issuing prescriptions for certain drugs.  

Hampden Superior  Court Judge Mark Mason on Tuesday let him off the hook on 46 indictments  and said in a ruling he expects to dismiss some of the remaining 22  counts.  

Despite the dismissal, Mason acknowledged the existence of the  opioid abuse crisis both nationally and regionally.

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