Nichols is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Bartels and four other patients, some of whom died just days after receiving large prescriptions from the doctor. She was arrested Friday and released from Oklahoma County Jail on $50,000 bail.
She couldn’t be reached for comment on Saturday. A number listed for Sunshine Medical Center was disconnected. Jail officials didn’t know whether she had hired an attorney.
The doctor’s arrest is part of a new and growing offensive in America’s battle against the abusive use of opioids, which kill an average of 91 people a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A physician was charged with second-degree murder after prescribing an overdose of medicinal drugs to patients of hers, all who have died. She was arrested on Friday and released from Oklahoma County Jail after paying a $50,000 bail.
A Doctor Arrested because of Drug Overdose Prescriptions
Regan Nichols was arrested by law authorities because she prescribed a drug overdose without considering the fatal effect the prescription would have on her patients. And her arrest is part of an offensive move within the U.S.A. in the fight against the abusive use of opioids, which are a death factor, killing, daily, 91 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The drug overdose prescriptions from physicians are another target of law enforcements agents that are not chasing after drug dealers and Mexican cartels. Pharmacy companies and doctors alike are also a target, because, law agencies say, they are irresponsible and prescribe potent painkillers to the nation’s population. They are, therefore, responsible and taken accountable for overdose deaths.
In the case of doctor Regan Nichols, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says that
“Nichols prescribed patients, who entrusted their well-being to her, a horrifyingly excessive amount of opioid medications”.
And she is not the only one. According to a reference, since 1991, the number of drug overdose prescriptions has increased, being a considerable death factor. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in 2014 1.3m individuals were brought to the hospital for opioid-related issues.
The drug overdose prescriptions is a recent scandal which has been garnering nationwide attention, as more districts, counties, and individuals are suing pharmacy companies for what they call a profit making over drug prescribing.
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