Another Doctor Run Out of Kentucky
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#1 Jul 24, 2012
Yeah!! Another doctor over prescribing narcotics has been run out of Kentucky.
From WYMT.com :
A doctor in Whitley County is no longer allowed to practice in Williamsburg after the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure says he was over-prescribing pain pills that led to overdose deaths.
Dr. Louis Wulfekuhler agreed to the indefinite restriction and left the state.
He worked at Ho's Physician Services. Williamsburg Police say the office was always full with 15 to 20 patients at a time.
"One of the red flags was I started seeing vehicles from three to four counties away," said Wayne Bird, Williamsburg Police Chief.
The police chief says citizens were complaining of loved ones getting too many pain pills at the doctor's office. Bird says the coroner said overdose victims had pills from Dr. Louis Wulfekuhler, so they started surveillance and found people in the parking lot under the influence.
"One man had 120 hydrocodone prescribed, that's a lot of hydrocodone prescribed to one patient, and I don't know the medical background we're dealing with, but most people didn't appear to be in any chronic pain at all. They were just high," said Bird.
The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure investigated and decided the doctor was over-prescribing.
The report states Dr. Wulfekuhler did not use KASPER to determine whether or not the patient should receive painkillers. The report states he also did not use urine drug screens to see if patients were abusing the pills or under the influence.
Dr. Wulfekuhler agreed to an indefinite restriction of his license. Under the agreement, he cannot diagnose or treat patients in Kentucky.
"There's no excuse for it. Doctors take an oath to protect lives and save lives, not to kill people, and that's what's going on," said Karen Kelly with Operation UNITE.
In state records, Dr. Wulfekuhler's attorney says he used to be an oncologist and work with cancer patients. The attorney says Dr. Wulfekuhler did not realize patients at Ho Physician Services were seeking painkillers to abuse.
"I think that's a phony excuse. That's a lie. I think if you're prescribing to people with addiction you're going to know it," Kelly said.
Dr. Wulfekuhler has moved to Michigan.
If Wulfekuhler violates the agreed order of indefinite restriction, his license will be suspended.
If the doctor wants to practice medicine anywhere in Kentucky again, he will have to seek permission from the medical licensure panel.
#2 Jul 25, 2012
If they are not willing to take what they can earn honestly by doing there job?They should not only get ran outta of state?They should also get prison time just like any other drug dealer!I myself am getting tired of these legalized drug dealers getting off the hook with some legal fees and justice system harassment.They make millions of dollars and stick it in a bank over seas,don t pay taxes on it ever again,then hide it from the feds and get to walk away and start new somewhere else and our drug problems in the United States continues to snowball.The government uses drug problems as a tool when it comes time for people to testify or vote and that is why nothing is ever getting done.While we sit on our hands,a whole new generation of idiots die and the rest that are left to run the world are addicted to some substance!Does this not concern anyone?As long as everyone thinks as though everything will be fine as long as this goes on?The more kids that will die and the worse things shall get.It is not just the governments job to deal with these problems!Its up to us to call and make sure they have the information to investigate these problems.They would nt even need half of these medical practice business`s if we get the drug addicts out of the picture by cutting off the legal supply.Get the people that really need help in the building first by following the obvious signs and procedures!If someone is sick and obviously very hurt,you can tell!!Elderly and infants,women and children,the rest shall follow!!
#3 Jul 25, 2012
I agree with you. Good riddance of doctors that practice in this manner. Unfortunately greed will cause some to do just about anything.
#4 Jul 27, 2012
When a pill mill anywhere is shut down, it is a big win for society everywhere. Remember, a lot of the narcotic pills that come into our community and are sold on the street didn't come from clinics in Kentucky. People are going to so-called pain clinics in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, ect. to get pills to come back to Kentucky to sell. If you work in a rehab and help addicts get clean like I've done or even just paid well attention to the local news, you'd know that.
#5 Jul 27, 2012
I ve been in rehab and they don t tell the truth about where they get all there drugs,just for the simple reason that they will not be indicted in any trials!!Trust me!!I know that first hand!There are a lot of drugs they get here too!They just go to places like that to get lower cost and a lot larger quantities!!
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