Police tell us vigilant citizens deserve the credit for getting a doctor's license restricted after they came forward with concerns about over-prescribed pain pills.
State health officials say Doctor Louis Wulfekuhler put the public in danger while he practiced medicine in Williamsburg. Police they saw a suspiciously high number of new patients at Wulfekuhler's office.
"The number of patients that were over there were just unreal. We went from seeing an occasional six, seven vehicles at a time in the parking lot to fifteen to twenty vehicles at a time in the parking lot," said Chief Wayne Bird of the Williamsburg Police Department.
Wulfekuhler's attorneys say he was new to the area and unfamiliar with its prescription drug abuse problems. Because he previously worked as an oncologist for cancer patients, they say he had never faced anyone faking pain to get pills. They say because of that, he didn't enter his patients into KASPER, the system designed to track who's gotten pain medication. Police say they don't buy that story.
"The people that we saw going in the clinic and out of the clinic that we arrested for being over medicated, he should have picked up on that immediately, he's a doctor!" said Chief Bird.
Police tell us several of Wulfekuhler's patients, as well as the thirteen-year-old daughter of two of his patients, overdosed on medication. Workers with Operation UNITE, which focuses on eliminating prescription drug abuse, said the restriction of Wulfekuhler's license is a victory for the community.
"It needed to happen. Quite frankly, we have doctors coming in, many of them from out of town, out of state, that are killing our communities and it needs to stop," said Karen Kelly, CEO of Operation UNITE.
Wulfekuhler is banned from practicing medicine in Kentucky without written consent from state health officials. WKYT reached out to the clinic where Wulfekuhler worked to get their side of the story, but they declined to comment.