Court docs: 8 patients fatally overdosed while in Muncie doctor’s care

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By: Liz Gelardi and James Gherardi

MUNCIE, Ind. (Oct. 21, 2014) - Court documents released Tuesday revealed the Muncie Physician whose office was raided Monday had a history of medical practice violations.

In 2013, as the result of an investigation done by the DEA at four of Dr. William Hedrick’s Fort Wayne, IN pain clinics, he was put on probation for a minimum of two years and was required to abide by several restrictions put in place by the Medical Licensing Board to maintain his license.

Upon further investigation by the DEA, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, and the Medical Licensing Board, the affidavit shows Hedrick, as well as nurse practitioners employed at his practice, allegedly over a two year period, over prescribed addictive opioid pain killers including morphine, acetaminophen, sleep aids, and others, to more than one hundred patients a day out of his Muncie clinic.

The affidavit also revealed from January 2013 – July 2014, eight patients known to have received prescriptions from Hedrick died from drug overdoses.

Business owners that work nearby Hedrick’s Muncie clinic wondered what was going on.

"From the very beginning I mean cars it's just crazy would be parked on both sides of the street, in the parking lot” said John Wuthrich, owner of John Jay and Co. Salon.

During the investigation into Hedrick, investigators did surveillance on Muncie’s pain clinic. According to the affidavit, investigators counted up to 150 people visiting the office in a single day.

The search warrant revealed pharmacists and employees of Hedrick acted as whistle blowers. Many raised concerns about the type and quantity of the prescriptions Hedrick and some of his staff wrote.

The parking lot of the clinic had to be expanded, to accommodate the volume of patients every day.  Even still, Wuthrich said the cars overflowed into the street.

"You could hardly get through so my clients had a hard time getting here and so I knew something was unusual” he said.

“There are still going to be a lot of patients, clients, who are going to need that medication and have no prescriber to turn to and so we’re really strongly urging people to not result to finding that medication on the street” said Robin Parsons, of The Fairbanks Addiction and Treatment Center.

After Monday’s raid, the Indiana Attorney General is asking the Medical Licensing Board to revoke Hedrick’s license.

As of Tuesday, no charges have been filed and no arrests had been made in this case.