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Former doctor blamed in Oklahoma for eight patient deaths

Federal agents arrested William M. Valuck, 71, on Friday in Kilgore, Texas. Oklahoma County District Judge Don Deason on Thursday ordered Valuck arrested on the nine murder complaints and on 43 complaints of unlawful dispensing of controlled dangerous substances.
by Nolan Clay Modified: December 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013

A former Oklahoma City-based doctor was arrested Friday on nine murder complaints after eight patients died of prescription drug overdoses and another allegedly caused a fatal traffic accident.

Federal drug enforcements agents arrested William Martin Valuck, 71, at his home in Kilgore, Texas, authorities said.

Three of his patients died of overdoses a day after Valuck wrote their prescriptions, a state narcotics agent reported in an arrest affidavit. One was putting up her Christmas tree.

“Our investigation has revealed that during a period of approximately one year, Dr. Valuck prescribed extremely large amounts of controlled substances — including the most abused prescription drugs on the street — to numerous patients with very little medical examination or the establishment of a valid doctor-patient relationship,” agent T.N. Briscoe reported.

“During this same time period ... his patients have died from overdoses of the very same drugs he was prescribing in such massive doses.”

Briscoe works for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.

The agent identified Valuck as “by far” the largest prescriber of controlled dangerous substances in the state of Oklahoma this year.

“Dr. Valuck does not accept any forms of insurance and all office visits are paid in cash and credit cards,” Briscoe reported.

Valuck charged $250 for the initial patient visit, $120 for a subsequent visit and $160 for a subsequent visit that included a urine analysis, according to the arrest affidavit. Some pharmacies refused to fill his prescriptions.

His attorney, Danny Shadid, said Friday afternoon of Valuck's arrest, “I just learned about this a few minutes ago. It is premature for me to make any further comment until I learn more information.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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