News Release
December 19, 2008
Contact: SA Sarah Pullen
Public Information Officer
Phone Number: 213-621-6827

Immediate Suspension Order Issued for Henderson Doctor

DEC 19 -- (LAS VEGAS) – On December 18, 2008, Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the Immediate Suspension of the DEA Certificate of Registration for Kevin Ray Buckwalter, M.D.

As a result of action by the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Buckwalter is without the authority to handle controlled substances in the State of Nevada. In addition, Dr. Buckwalter has been the subject of an investigation of allegations that he has failed to properly examine patients and assess their need for controlled substances, prescribed excessive amounts of controlled substances and failed to properly monitor patient’s use of the controlled substances that were prescribed. In addition, the investigation alleges that since 2005, at least eight patients under Dr. Buckwalter’s care have died from overdoses of controlled substances prescribed by Dr. Buckwalter.

“The abuse of prescription drugs remains a serious problem throughout our country,” said Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “Millions of Americans are abusing controlled substance prescription drugs – more than the number abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined. Unfortunately, there are a few doctors using their position of trust in our communities to prey on those who are vulnerable to the abuse of these drugs.”

The action today was to suspend Kevin Ray Buckwalter, M.D.’s DEA Certificate of Registration in accordance with an Immediate Suspension Order and pursuant to Sections 303 and 304 of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Title 21, Sections 823 and 824. The DEA’s investigation of Kevin Ray Buckwalter, M.D. has determined that his continued registration to prescribe controlled substances constitutes an imminent danger to public health and safety.

Dr. Buckwalter will be given an opportunity for an administrative hearing, and after the hearing, the DEA Deputy Administrator will make a final decision on whether Dr. Buckwalter’s DEA Certificate of Registration should be permanently revoked. This decision will be published in the Federal Register.

 

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