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Kentucky Doctor Pleads Guilty to Fatal Opioid Prescriptions


A Kentucky doctor has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty to improperly prescribing powerful painkillers.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Clella Louise Hayes had three patients who died of drug overdoses, according to federal court documents. State police began investigating Hayes after receiving complaints. An officer found a significant amount of drugs that originated with Hayes' prescriptions were diverted to the black market.

U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. says in a release that Hayes acknowledged she failed to establish legitimate diagnoses, consider risk factors and take into account inconsistencies in urine tests reflecting drug abuse. An autopsy of one patient revealed levels of oxycodone and hydrocodone 10 times the therapeutic dose.


Ebony Clark is a student at Murray State University majoring in computer science. She was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. Ebony has served as a reporter for 4-H congress in Nashville, TN where she spoke with several state leaders and congressmen. Ebony enjoys writing poetry and spoken word and competed in Tennessee's Poetry Out Loud competition hosted by the arts council in Nashville,TN.
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