Some residents turn to heroin after pain doctor arrested

MUNCIE, Ind. (April 14,2015)– In the months following the arrest of a Muncie pain doctor, some Delaware County residents have turned to street drugs. Federal and local authorities raided Dr. William Hedrick’s pain clinic in the fall of 2014. He was later arrested and charged with reckless prescribing and conducting a corrupt business. Prosecutors have linked him to several overdose drug deaths in Delaware County.

“I have turned to the streets, I’m in a lot of pain,” said a former patient of Hedrick.

In pain and nowhere to turn, that’s how one former patient describes his current condition. He says he was a patient of Hedrick’s for several years and relied on powerful narcotics to subdue the pain.

The former patient says other physicians refuse to treat him since he was once under the care of Hedrick. He tells FOX59 that he turned to illegal street drugs to ease his pain.

“I’ve tried heroin, coke, and meth,” said the former patient…

Lynnaea South is also a former patient of Hedrick. She claims other local physicians refuse to treat her. South says she has been without her pain medication for months.

“It feels like someone is taking a chisel on my spine,” said South.

South says she hasn’t turned to heroin to ease her pain, but she admits that she has been tempted.

“Who is to say if i’m hurting so bad one of these days that I’m not going to need something to get me through,” said South…

(7/21/2015) Heroin becomes growing problem

The rise in heroin is attributed to a crackdown on prescription painkillers, which seemed to be the drug of choice for several years, and its relative cheapness compared to those very same painkillers, Hunter said…

One local dealer, according to Hunter, was previously a patient of Allen County’s own Dr. William Hedrick, who has been suspended from practicing medicine while felony charges claiming he overprescribed pain medication to his patients in Muncie wind through the court system…

In May, two men and a woman – ages 29, 31 and 34 – who bought heroin from the same dealer ended up dead from overdoses within a half a day.

According to Hunter, that instance is a perfect example of how addictive the drug can be: Two of those overdose victims bought their heroin together. After one learned the other had used that batch and died, that user still injected a dose…

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