Indiana Veterinarian Accused of Drug Dealing Animal Meds To Humans
An Indiana veterinarian is being held accused of drug dealing medication indicated for use on animals to humans, and faces more than two dozen criminal charges.
According to a case detective, Dr. James Wilson, 63, was being actively monitored by the Henry County Drug Task Force beginning in 2014. The investigation began after law enforcement received an anonymous tip about Wilson’s activities from a local pharmacy.
Pharmacy employees reported that Wilson was dispensing narcotic medications to people rather than animals for which the drugs were intended.
According to a detective, the drug prescribed was a form of Xanax, an anti-anxiety treatment that can also be given to pets. Additionally, all of Wilson’s medications have confiscated from his clinic in Knightstown, Indiana.
Wilson was arrested last Friday, but has been released on bond, which he himself paid. Detectives also say that Wilson is still free to practice with animals as he is licensed with the veterinary board, but that he is not licensed for prescribing controlled substances.
Wilson is expected to appear in court late this month to face charges.
What is Xanax?
Xanax, or alprazolam, is in a category of drugs called benzodiazepines, which affect chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. Moreover, the medication is used to treat generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Xanax is a nervous system depressant, so it is sometimes also used to treat sleeping disorders.
According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, it is one of the ten deadliest drugs in the U.S., and was involved in more than 4,200 overdose deaths in 2014. Valium (diazepam) is a very similar drug that also made the CDC’s top ten list, and was related to more than 1,700 deaths that year.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology