Ethan A. Huff
Dr. Kevin Buckwalter of Henderson, Nev., has a history of malpractice and shady dealings during the time when he still had a practice and a license to prescribe controlled substances. Now that he has lost both, Buckwalter has sunk to a new low by countersuing the family of Andrea Duncan, a young girl who died in 2005 from intoxication by opiates and benzodiazepines he had prescribed to her, according to a recent report by ProPublica.
Young Andrea, of course, was not the only victim of Buckwalter’s rampant and careless drug prescribing practices, either. Andrea’s father Clint, a 69-year-old woman named Barbara Baile, and at least five other patients have died or committed suicide in recent years at the hands of Buckwalter and his small prescription notepad, according to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). And yet this man now has the gall to target the families of the very people that he directly violated.
In a 2007 deposition for a different lawsuit, Buckwalter is seen on camera explaining, under oath, that he did not, in fact, provide adequate care for Andrea prior to her death. Rather than examine her on her first visit, Buckwalter explains that he simply prescribed her 300 tablets of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, as well as the painkiller hydrocodone and a synthetic opiate, and sent her on her way — all because he “did not have time” to properly evaluate her.