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Texas Hospice Owner Accused of Texting Execution Orders for Patients

Novus Health Care Services CEO Brad Harris.

Novus Health Care Services CEO Brad Harris.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The owner of a Texas Hospice is accused of ordering nurses to kill patients who have “been on the hospice service for too long,” the FBI alleges.

Brad Harris, owner and CEO of Novus Health Care Services, is accused of texting execution orders to nurses, The Daily Beast reports.

“You need to make this patient go bye-bye,” Harris texted one his nurses, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit.

Harris said of another patient, “If this fuck would just die,” according to the Feb. 5 affidavit.

The FBI alleges that Harris ordered nurses to administer overdoses to four patients who had “been on the hospice service for too long.”

In one text to a nurse, Harris allegedly instructed a nurse to increase “the patient’s medication dosage to approximately four times the maximum allowed.”

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DEA Crackdown Causes Elderly Pain

Laws are designed to protect people, not harm them. In this case, it’s causing harm and unnecessary pain. The Justice Department, DEA and legislators have to figure out a way to strike a balancepills

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication, according to two Senate Democrats and a coalition of pharmacists and geriatric experts.

Tougher enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, which tightly restricts the distribution of pain medicines such as morphine and Percocet, is causing pharmacies to balk and is leading to delays in pain relief for those patients and seniors in long-term-care facilities, wrote Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

The lawmakers wrote to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. this month, urging that the Obama administration issue new directives to the DEA and support a possible legislative fix for the problem, which has bothered nursing home administrators and geriatric experts for years.

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