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Doctor under investigation in drug-overdose deaths

Dr. Van Vu is currently undergoing the intense scrutiny of an investigation by the Medical Board of California for at least 16 drug-related deaths over the course of many years. Many of the deceased were given powerful cocktails of narcotic painkillers during the course of their treatment, including drugs such as methadone and morphine, with fatal results. After investigators spoke with members of the families of the deceased, they were allowed access to medical records which revealed a great deal of new information regarding the overdoses.

Dr. Vu is giving the investigation his cooperation, stating through his attorney that he hoped to 'make things better' and claiming that he had no idea that many of his patients had died from the drugs. He is one of a disproportionately small number of doctors - only 71 of the many thousands operating in the Southern California region - who were linked to three or more of the 3733 fatal overdose cases recorded between 2006 and 2011. Efforts are underway to reevaluate the ways in which painkillers and anti-anxiety medications are being prescribed and distributed to patients, in order to stem the growing number of fatalities that can result from their misuse.

It is a tragedy to lose a loved one during the course of treatment for a disease - doubly so when the cause of their passing is linked to the medications they had been prescribed to help with their condition. In such trying times, it is imperative that you find help navigating the tricky legal situation that can arise in such a case. Medical malpractice is a large concern for any family that must rely on healthcare, and when tragedy strikes you should be prepared to protect your rights and the rights of your family. In such a case, a caring, experienced attorney is invaluable.

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