Wrongful death lawsuit blames Chantix prescriber

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene woman whose husband killed the couple’s son and himself has sued the dentist who prescribed her husband a nicotine-cessation drug and the hospital that determined he was not a danger to himself or others two days before the slayings.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1j570Fe) Lamae Stout has sued dentist Matthew McLaughlin and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center’s University District hospital in Lane County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit seeks $2.2 million in damages.

Darwin Stout killed his son, 13-year-old Jared, and himself on Dec. 22, 2010. He had been prescribed the nicotine-cessation drug Chantix by his dentist.

The medication has been linked to depression and suicide.

Two days before the slayings, Darwin Stout visited the hospital voluntarily for a mental evaluation. He was discharged before seeing a doctor.

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