OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma doctor is behind bars, accused of murdering patients with a deadly dose of prescription drugs.
“I am. I still struggle, I won’t lie I still struggle a bit,” Marina Troy, patient, said.
Troy, 56, says seeing Doctor Regan Nichols arrested at her home Friday was a relief, as she says she helped tip off authorities.
“Because I know that lives are being saved,” Troy said.
But it wasn’t long ago that troy feared for her own life, as she was gripped by addiction, led on by pain from Fibromyalgia and hip pain.
“What’s that feeling like, if you had to describe it?” a reporter asked.
“It’s like running on a treadmill and you can’t get off. It’s the worst feeling, you can’t run out of medication,” Troy said.
Prescriptions were filled at Nichols’ now-shuttered Midwest city practice.
“There were months I got over 500 pills and again, I could go in and ask for anything, one time,” Troy said.
According to court documents, prosecutors allege that between January 2010 and October 2014, Nichols prescribed more than three million doses of controlled dangerous substances. Prosecutors say five people who died were prescribed more than 1,800 opioid pills in the same months of their deaths. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says nearly 3,000 Oklahomans have died from opioid overdoses in the last three years.
“That’s unacceptable, one is unacceptable. So going forward, we have to deal with this challenge and it is an epidemic,” Hunter said.
The Attorney General’s Office says Nichols has practiced medicine in the state for more than 20 years.
In 2015, Nichols was stripped of her ability to prescribe controlled dangerous substances.
(Bill Miston, KFOR)