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Latest Sign of Opioid Carnage in America: Oklahoma Doctor Charged with Murder in 5 Patient Opioid Deaths

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for medications-342462_1920.jpgThe Oklahoma Attorney General just charged Dr. Regan Nichols with second degree murder in the deaths of 5 of her patients, for allegedly prescribing them too many painkillers and related drugs.

The specific allegations against Dr. Nichols are shocking. They include that she prescribed:

  • 3 million doses of controlled dangerous drugs from 2010 to 2014
  • In one year, to a 47 year old patient who subsequently died, a total of 450 painkillers, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety drugs
  • In one month, to a 46 year old patient--for whom, she had not done a full medical evaluation in 4 years-some 240 painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs.

The deaths of Dr. Nichols' patients are not isolated. Painkiller overdoses killed 33,000 Americans in 2015, a huge jump from just a few years ago. This is an epidemic.

These are the important questions:

  • Why is this happening in America? Why the huge spike in the se death in just the last 5 years?
  • Is Dr. Nichols (assuming the allegations against her are true) a renegade doctor, or is she a symptom of a society addicted to quick-fix pain killers, and the professionals who make money by supplying them?
  • Who else is responsible for this epidemic? Do the companies making and promoting these painkillers-in aggressive campaigns directed to doctors and patients-bear responsibility for the American carnage?

We need to start taking this problem seriously. It's killing us.


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