Former doctor pleads guilty in overdose deaths

Prescription drugs (AP Photo)
Prescription drugs (AP Photo)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) – A former Oklahoma doctor has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection to the drug overdose deaths of several patients.

William Valuck, a former pain management doctor, pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight counts of second-degree murder in Oklahoma County District Court.

Investigators have said Valuck prescribed more controlled narcotic drugs than any other physician in the state.

Valuck had originally faced eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of patients who prosecutors say died of overdoses from drugs he prescribed them.

Federal and state authorities began investigating Valuck in February 2012, after being called by pharmacies and patients’ relatives concerned about the amount of narcotics he was prescribing.

Authorities have said Valuck would prescribe as many as 600 pills at a time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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