Psychiatric Watchdog Says Highly Publicized Case Indicative of Corrupt Field
The overdose death of model Anna Nicole Smith has produced a media frenzy of
epic proportions, but one group says the latest news focuses on the real
culprits-psychiatrists like Khristine Eroshevich, who was treating her.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog group
said, "This highly-publicized case should serve as a wake-up call, alerting
the nation to the serious, widespread problem of drug abuse and fraud within
the psychiatric system. Psychiatrists who irresponsibly prescribe drugs,
especially lethal combinations of drugs to patients, should be criminally
investigated and prosecuted."
Eroshevich prescribed Smith eleven drugs, including antipsychotics,
anti-anxiety drugs and sedatives-a lethal combination which killed
39-year-old Smith. According to media reports, Eroshevich is now under
investigation by the California Medical Board.
Some national media have already started to target Eroshevich, referring to
her as a drug "pusher" and "supplier"-questioning whether her medical
license will be revoked for facilitating and enabling Smith's death. CCHR
goes further by saying she should be criminally investigated and prosecuted
Smith's untimely death while being "treated" by a doctor she trusted has now
contributed greatly to focusing on a nationwide problem: the fact that
thousands of people across the country, and not just celebrities, are
victimized in this way by psychiatrists.
CCHR maintains a database of psychiatrists and other mental health
practitioners who lost their licenses or were jailed for unethical/illegal
prescribing practices. Here is just a sampling:
. In February 2003, Florida psychiatrist George Kubski was jailed for 12
months for the death of a patient due to drug toxicity; he had prescribed
more than 20,000 pills in three months. He also got 10 years probation
during which he could not practice medicine.
. On February 5, 2001, Los Angeles psychiatrist William O. Leader was
sentenced to five years in jail for illegally prescribing dangerous
narcotics to two people with histories of drug addiction problems. Leader
was also sued in 2001 by Eric Douglas, youngest son of actor Kirk Douglas,
for prescribing near lethal doses of psychiatric drugs that so incapacitated
Douglas he nearly died twice.
. On March 17, 2007, Wisconsin psychiatrist Richard I.H. Wang entered into
an agreement with the office of the U.S. Attorney to stop practicing
medicine after a three-year criminal investigation linked him to the
overdose deaths of 11 patients.
. On January 4, 2007, the Michigan Attorney General's office announced that
psychiatrist Albert Bayer's medical license had been summarily suspended by
the Board of Medicine on charges that he engaged in a long-term sexual
relationship with a vulnerable patient to whom he also over-prescribed
psychotropic and narcotic medications.
. On January 30, 2006, psychiatrist Jeremy A. Stowell pleaded guilty in
federal court to charges of illegally dispensing narcotics, after an
investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration found he had been
prescribing narcotics to patients with drug addictions and others who
admitted sharing their drugs with friends.
The website with this database was established as a public service to law
enforcement agencies, health care fraud investigators, medical and
psychological licensing boards and the general public. It can be found at