Doctor Charged With Homicide After Overprescribing Painkillers to Patients

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There are many types of mistakes doctors can make that can cause a patient harm, but medication errors are some of the most common. These can include not only giving the patient the wrong type of medication, but also overprescribing certain drugs. The Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain one doctor in the state is now facing criminal charges in connection to allegations he prescribed excessive amounts of dangerous painkillers to some patients, which ultimately led to the deaths of eight individuals.

According to a story from KLTV 7 News, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics stated the doctor did not accept any forms of insurance from patients and that he prescribed more than 3.5 million pills to patients within a one-year time frame. Three patients died the day after receiving their prescriptions and another died after causing a traffic collision that claimed another motorist’s life as well.

The doctor surrendered his license to practice medicine in the state of Oklahoma on December 13, after facing accusations of unethical behavior and negligence in connection to the deaths of his patients. He was then arrested last Friday at a Kilgore, Texas, residence on nine counts of homicide.

J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers a medication error can pose and encourage anyone who has been harmed by a drug prescribed by a doctor to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.