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Arrested doctor was already under investigation, officials say

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Dr. Mathew Cary Wallack (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.) Dr. Mathew Cary Wallack (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs neurologist faces drug charges after he was arrested inside the emergency room at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.

Biloxi police arrested Dr. Mathew Cary Wallack Thursday night after he went to the ER seeking medical treatment. Hospital personnel called police after reportedly finding drugs in Dr. Wallack's possession. Police said they found Oxycodone on the doctor.

Wallack spent the night in the Harrison County jail. He was released Friday afternoon without posting bond. @

The head of the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force said Dr. Wallack's legal problems may just be starting. Curtis Spiers confirmed to WLOX News Friday that Dr. Wallack is being looked at as one of the pill mill doctors along the coast.

According to Spiers, investigators have a laundry list of accusations from people who claim Dr. Wallack was illegally prescribing narcotics. For example, the mother of a 32-year-old Ocean Springs resident complained to Ocean Springs Police, about the accidental drug overdose death of her son.

A.J. Giardina interviewed Virginia Ross on Thursday as part of a special report he is preparing. Ross told A.J. that after her son's death, she became concerned over the number of prescription drugs Dr. Wallack had prescribed to her son, Scott Ross, over a six month period.

Virginia Ross said, at first, she believed Dr. Matthew Wallack was helping her son deal with back pain. Ross took her son to the doctor and after a few weeks she said got concerned because of the early morning doctor visits.

"I took him at unusual hours, were a little suspicious and my son had an excuse for it," Ross remembered. "This is his schedule and this is what he does. He's such a great doctor, he's got this miracle cure."

Ross said her son's last visit to Dr. Wallack was on November 3, 2008. On that day, records show Wallack prescribed Hydrocodone and Morphine Sulfate: a total of 56 pills. Two days later, she discovered Scott lying on her bed. When she touched him, trying to wake her son, he was cold.

"That was it, he was dead," Ross said.

Ross didn't think about the drugs her son was taking at first. Then she found out Scott had many more prescriptions than she realized.

"When I would talk to Scott, Don't worry mom. It's okay."

Virginia Ross compiled a list of her son's prescriptions. WLOX News showed that list to Carolyn Anderson, director of the Gulf Coast Substance Abuse Task Force.

"I was shocked at the number of drugs and at the combination of drugs," Anderson said.

Anderson said she was also shocked to see that in the last three weeks of his life, Scott Ross saw Dr. Wallack four times and received eight prescriptions for nearly 200 pain pills.

"Issued very frequently and then to top it all off, we're going to give you a drug to calm you down because you might be hyped up," Anderson said.

Virginia Ross said she's never been satisfied at the explanation that her son's death was an accidental overdose. She's turned over all the records she found on her son's prescriptions and doctor visits, and has asked to have the case presented to a grand jury to look into the doctor who gave her son so many drugs.

Action Reporter A.J. Giardina will have more on prescription drug abuse in South Mississippi as part of a special report in May.

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