Frisco, Texas (AP) – A dentist who killed himself in a Dallas-area hospital after a month of treating more than 100 patients with opioid painkillers said he felt like he was drowning in pain because of his work.
Nancy Odessa said she and her husband had worked together for 10 years at a dental office in Dallas.
The couple said Odessa had a difficult time adjusting to his new job because he was struggling with his addiction.
She said her husband began using OxyContin in November and then began taking other opioids after the holidays.
The couple had worked at the same dental office for about two months before Odessa died Jan. 6.
Odessa told his supervisor that he wanted to end his life, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The department of state and local health services said it was investigating the case and could not comment on the coroner’s findings.
The Associated Press was unable to reach Odessa’s family for comment.
The Dallas Morning Times said the medical examiner did not give an exact cause of death.