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Patients arriving at Dr. Donald Austrian’s Trumbull office Friday found a locked door and a simple handwritten sign explaining that the office was closed for a family emergency.

Austrian, a physician for 30 years, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 18 counts of illegally selling and dispensing prescriptions for powerful painkillers.

He is free on $50,000 bond pending arraignment in Superior Court.

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Jim Shay

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6 Responses

  1. stratford resident says:

    I knew a woman who went to Dr. Austrian complaining of pain and was prescribed high doses of oxycontin. This is very dangerous because she drove her kids all over the place and was always very groggy-looking. If she was in the amount of pain that would be treated with that much narcotic medication, one would thik that x-rays and/or other tests would have been done to verify the cause of the supposed pain. No tests were done. That is very irresponsible. I didn’t know her well enough to know if she was just etting the drugs to get high but even if she was, he should not have given them out like candy.

  2. Pocahontas says:

    How can someone obtain their medical records from this practice considering it is now closed?

  3. concerned patient says:

    This is ridiculous, this man has been dragged through the dirt by low lifes and is a great MD, who excelled in his field. To do this is and injustice and tragedy to his patients.

  4. HH says:

    Dr Austrian is a great MD. They need to release him that he continue to take care of his patients. God bless Dr Austrian and his family.

  5. hyla austrian says:

    This is a crazy witch hunt!The only thing he is guilty of is caring about his patients. Last I knew that wasn’t a crime. Has a physician evaluated the patient records before charges were brought? No, I am sure they weren’t. Could have saved time and money had that happened. Go after the real pill mills. Most physicians lack the compassion and care Dr. Austrian has demonstrated his entire career. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? .

  6. concerned says:

    He needs to go to JAIL…………!!!!!!!!!!!