Can someone kill a doctor for not prescribing opioid medication? This may prove a rather very far-fetched thought for many that they don’t expect to be true.
But this is what happened to a doctor in Indiana when a man shot and killed a doctor who didn’t prescribe opioid medication to his wife. Reports suggest that the man had asked the doctor to prescribe the medication and when he didn’t heed his demand, the man shot him, eventually killing him.
Authorities claim that later the man committed suicide by shooting himself dead as well. Authorities claim that the Indiana man Michael Jarvis requested Dr Todd Graham, who was treating his wife at South Bend Orthopedics, to prescribe opioids. When he said that it was not needed, the man whipped up a gun, killing the physician.
St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter while talking about the incident said, “Doctors should never get shot. Doctors are trying to do what they can to help people and I think that’s what’s so tragic about this. Every homicide is tragic, but this one in particular hits home. Hits home to our medical professionals, their job is to try to help people and that’s certainly what Dr. Graham was doing and for whatever reason this man decided that he was going to take Dr. Graham’s life”.
Reports suggest that the accused started arguing with the doctor when he learned of the situation. Doctor had refused to prescribe opioids as he said he cannot do as the pain was chronic. The accused left the place in a huff and returned after a few hours.
Ken Cotter said, “At some point, Jarvis came back, Dr. Graham just before 1:00 p.m. left the orthopedic building to travel to the rehab building. During the course of that traveling came in contact with Jarvis again, there was again an argument. Dr. Graham continued to the rehabilitation building. Jarvis followed him. Got out, there were two witnesses who were in close proximity. Jarvis went to the two witnesses and told them to leave. They saw a gun. Jarvis then proceeded to shoot and kill Dr. Graham”.
Cotter went on to add, “Make no mistake; this was a person who made a choice to kill Dr. Graham. This is not a fallout from any opioid epidemic or any opioid problems. This is a person who made that choice…That probably leads us into an examination of what is happening with the opioid problem in our community, and frankly in our whole nation.”
Cotter said Jarvis’ wife did not know that he had driven back to the doctor’s office and killed Graham. It also remains unclear whether both the husband and wife were addicted to opioid medications or whether Jarvis wanted the drugs for himself. The South Bend Tribune reported that both Jarvis and Graham were employed in some capacity by the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, just west of Mishawaka. Graham was a consulting physician at the university while Jarvis was a part-time parking attendant and groundskeeper.