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August 13, 2009

Former VA-Psychiatrist Indicted on Drug Charges

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Full Article: Former VA psychiatrist indicted on drug charges linked to Lawrence
By Jesse Fray
August 13, 2009

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Dr. Ethan E. Bickelhaupt, a former psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration hospital in Topeka, has been charged with five counts of diverting controlled substances and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

“Prosecutors said Bickelhaupt would have people who weren’t his patients fill prescriptions for controlled substances at pharmacies in Lawrence and Topeka. The individuals would then give him the drugs and sometimes be compensated with controlled substances or cash, prosecutors said. It’s unclear whether VA patients were involved.

Bickelhaupt is accused of issuing prescriptions from June 2006 to September 2007, during which prosecutors said he illegally issued 120 prescriptions, which included Oxycodone, amphetamines, Methadone, morphine, Hydrocodone, Tylenol No. 3, Ambien, Xanax, Provigil and Valium.”

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