BENTON CoUNTY, Wash. —After an incident at a patient’s home, the Washington state Department of Health placed a Benton County chiropractor’s license on probation. The state issued Nathan Scott Anderson his license in January 2014.
Anderson provided treatment to the patient between November 2017 and September 2018. Anderson began visiting the patient at her home during this period, but not to treat him. According to the DOH statement, Anderson asked his patient several times if he could take the prescribed hydrocodone pills. She gave him the pills multiple times.
Anderson was seen going through her medications multiple times by the patient. Anderson told her he was using her water to take the pills and making sure she had her medication in order when she confronted her. According to the statement, she ran low on hydrocodone pills in the first month.
Anderson also came to assist the patient and her husband in another instance. Anderson reported that she watched her husband pick up her husband’s pills from the floor and then not see them again. They were controlled substances.
In a statement of accusations issued in May 2021, the DOH claims that Anderson violated several codes, including the misuse and possession of controlled substances and acts of moral corruption.
Anderson accepted disciplinary action in an order issued by the DOH on July 11 after allegedly admitting to critical facts and cooperating in investigations. Christopher Childers, Anderson’s attorney, claims that Anderson agreed to struggle with addiction.
Anderson signed the agreed order on May 5, 2022. It contains five findings of fact relating to this case. Anderson’s license information, care for the patient and loss of hydrocodone pills are all included in the agreement. Anderson also allegedly bought a gun from the couple.
The DOH also stated that the disciplining authority had considered the following mitigation factors in its order.
- Respondent’s [Anderson’s] admission of critical facts.
- Respondent’s cooperation in the investigation of this matter.”
According to his attorney, this admission was unrelated to the patient’s claims. It was related to Dr Anderson’s access that Anderson has suffered from addiction for many years.
He was required to enrol on the Washington Recovery and Monitoring Program for at least one year. His license will remain on probation until the WRAMP declares that he doesn’t need monitoring. Anderson will have to pay for the monitoring and report to the DOH every three months. He cannot also visit his patients.
Childers claims that Anderson began treatment and monitoring one year before the allegations. Random drug testing has been conducted over the past two-and-a-half years, and the results have been consistently negative. He claimed that the patient was at the end stages of dementia when the allegations were made and died shortly after that.
Childers stated that Anderson was being treated for addiction by the patient, and Childers had sent him a bill for the balance.
Childers claims Anderson denied the claims.
Childers stated that Dr Anderson agreed to these conditions because he had nothing to hide. “He continues to deny and deny that any of these allegations are true.” Dr Anderson was unable to win the case because of the death of his complaining patient.