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Some stuck without medication after doctor is accused in patient deaths

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville man is out of pain medications and says he can't get the medicine he needs because his doctor is now charged in the deaths of five people.

"I mean I don't want to be like this," said Ricky who asked WDRB not to show his face or use his last name.

For the past five years he has used the same doctor to get his medication.

"I have trouble sitting too long or standing too long or walking or sleeping," said Ricky.

The opiates, used to treat his persistent back pain, ran out on Saturday.

"This is the first time I've ever been through a deal where I've needed medical attention and I can't get it," he said.

Ricky says his prescription, filled once a month, included hydrocodone and morphine.

"At first you get the shock of seeing your doctor and then you realize oh hell, what am I going to do now," he said.

About two weeks ago Ricky's doctor, Jamie Guerrero, was charged in the deaths of five people. The anesthesiologist was also accused of prescribing oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone to 30 patients without a legitimate medical reason.

Last month he pleaded not guilty and surrendered his DEA license.

Ricky says he's spoken with several different doctors including his dentist who have told him if he has a real emergency to go to an ER. But he says these doctors can only prescribe certain medication for just a few days.

"I feel myself now like I'm kind of nauseous and stuff and I'll probably cave to that. That's probably what will make me go to the ER is if I get really sick," he said.

The Greater Louisville Medical Society says people can head to its website and click on 'Physician Finder'.

If Guerrero was their doctor, they will likely be re-screened and re-evaluated. Leaving patients like Ricky wondering how long they might wait for a referral.

"This has been like a long process for me and I'm just gonna be sick and in pain," said Ricky.

Guerrero remains free on a $50,000 bond. He's due back in court on March 31.

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