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William Hedrick, a physician who founded the Centers for Pain Relief (also known as the Indiana Pain Center), is under investigation for over-prescribing medications as well as possible forgery and fraud.
Authorities raided the Centers for Pain Relief in Muncie on October 21, 2014. In March 2013, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board placed Hedrick on a two-year probation for breaching the standard of care, failing to properly supervise employees, and overusing steroid injections in the spine.
Investigators said as many as 150 patients were seen every day at the Muncie location—so many that the parking lot had to be expanded shortly after opening the location in July 2013.
At least eight of Hedrick’s patients have died from drug overdoses. During a two-year period, three nurse practitioners prescribed more than 99,000 prescriptions at various pain clinic locations. Some pharmacies in Muncie refused to fill prescriptions from Hedrick’s clinics.
Delaware Circuit Court 1 Judge Marianne Vorhees issued a search warrant for records related to forgery, Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud, and corrupt business influence.
Drug overdose is a massive problem in the United States, not helped by some pain center doctors who over-prescribe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose rates have more than tripled since 1990. And nearly three out of four of those overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers. This startling statistic points to a serious problem.
If you believe you or a loved one have been the victim of over-prescription and have been harmed as a result, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Drug Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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