A medical examiner in the Texas medical system is killing and making people pay for a botched drug overdose.
The problem began in May of this year, when two patients overdosed on drugs purchased from an unknown source, according to a report by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
That’s when the medical examiner called 911 to report the overdose.
The first patient died on the way to the hospital, but the second patient, who had been revived, was taken to a nearby hospital and died of his injuries a few hours later, the DA’s report states.
“The first patient’s death is considered accidental,” the DA reported.
“The second patient was found unconscious in his own vomit in his car in the hospital parking lot.
Neither of the patients had an open or closed vein, and no narcotics were found on their person.
A blood sample was found at the scene.
Both had drugs in their systems.
The drugs included a fentanyl patch, which has been implicated in numerous overdose deaths and deaths from opioids, and a painkiller called naloxone, which was used to revive the second person in the ambulance and save his life.”
The DA’s office added that the drugs that were found at their location were not fentanyl, but a synthetic opioid called hydrocodone.
“As a result of the drug use, the patients were unable to call 911 or receive assistance from medical professionals,” the report stated.
“Instead, they were given the option of paying $50 to the coroner’s office for the medical exam.”
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office told local media the drugs were bought from a “drug dealer” and that the second victim had overdosed, according the Associated Press.
“I don’t know if they’re the same drugs as the one that killed him, but it’s a synthetic drug,” the medical director of the medical school, Dr. David Brown, told local station KVUE.
“It’s a drug that’s highly dangerous.
It’s not a controlled substance.”
In an interview with ABC News, the medical board’s president, Dr., Dr. John W. Davis, said the agency has seen a rise in the number of overdose deaths in Texas in recent years.
“This has been a real problem.
I think this has been compounded by the increased opioid use, which in many ways is an unintended consequence of the legalization of the drugs,” he said.
“When you’re dealing with a situation where you’ve got a prescription for heroin and you’ve also got a fentanyl pill, you’re in the middle of an overdose and that can kill someone.
This is what’s happened to the second gentleman.”
The investigation has also drawn the attention of the Drug Enforcement Agency, which is currently investigating the incident.
“We are looking into it and have notified our local law enforcement partners,” DEA spokesman Jeff Miller told The Huffington Post in a statement.
“At this time, we do not have any evidence to support any claims that this particular case was intentional.”
The Texas medical board is now looking into the situation and will hold a news conference on Tuesday.