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March 27, 2014

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Shouldn't we have heard more details in Dr. Shearer's death? I assume they've done an autopsy and investigated to make sure this was a suicide for sure? I hope so....I would love to know from his son if this was as much of a shock to him as it was to his former patients. I hate to think of Dr. shearer being that despondent. I have not seen an obituary or anything. R.I.P. Gary Shearer.

Dr. Gary Shearer was an amazing doctor and person. He definitely was dedicated to his job, and that reflected in his work. The compassion he showed for his patients, I've never seen in another doctor in my lifetime. He really cared what was going on with his patients. He took the time to diagnose, and didn't just guess on what was going on. He stayed in the room, and didn't worry about rushing out in 20 seconds like most doctors do. At times patients would get frustrated at the waiting time in the lobby, but you knew that Dr. Shearer was taking the time to listen to his patients concerns, and truly wanted to help them. It wasn't just about a paycheck to him, because let's be honest when did he ever get the time to enjoy the money he made? He was always at that office with his patients and employees. There will never be a doctor that will replace Dr. Shearer or even come close to him. He's one in a million. It really makes me furious that people are belittling him the way they are! Most of them have never even had the chance to know him, because if they did they wouldn't be saying these harsh things their saying. How dare you speak such hateful words about an amazing guy! He's not responsible for anyone's death. When someone OD'S, it means their not taking the medication as prescribed by the doctor. If it's to do with medications that shouldn't have been combined, then why aren't the pharmacists in trouble? They know when medication aren't suppose to be mixed together. Why didn't the patient read the directions and warnings that come with every medication? What I'm trying to say there's no one person to point fingers at, like they've done to Dr. Shearer. His name has been drug threw the mud for far too long. The media makes me sick, the only thing they can write or talk about is the negative. What about all the good he's done for years for his patients, and the community? If he still had his office it would help so many with the heroin epidemic going on right now. Would you rather someone being on Suboxone getting their life straight with the help from a doctor, or would you rather step on a used needle from a user shooting up the night before in your driveway? Or yet, have that user breaking into your car, or house to get their next fix, because their so damn sick they can't take it any longer. They feel like their dying, and need money now to get them a bag of dope. Good job DEA, and the police officers that were giving Gary a hard time. Look at the mess you have now to clean up, at least Gary had some of it under control! There's not much to say now that this mans life is no more. Just that his family, friends, and patients need to make sure his legacy lives on. He was more than a doctor, he was a friend. Thank you Dr. Gary Shearer for your years of services! You will be missed by many. Hopefully, we will see that book soon! Thank you for this great article for such a great man who deserved this article being written about him. Gone but never forgotten we love you Dr. Shearer!

Dr Shearer was a great physician and a great man that dedicated his whole life to helping others. He worked from before daylight till after dark most days and on his days off he was in the office staying on top of forms and paperwork so his patients were taken care of. He took care as the primary Physician to three generations of our family. On more than one occasion we believe he has saved the lives of some of our family members through his thorough, knowledgable caring examinations. If any of our family members complained of a symptom, he would run tests and do whatever it took to find the cause. It breaks our heart to know that some people have blamed him for others problems and shortcomings. He should be remembered for dedicating his life to care for others . Our family will always remember you in the highest regards. Rest in much deserved peace Doctor Shearer. To his family, remember him for all the good he has done in a lifetime. Accusations and bad press can never change what good he has done for thousands and thousands of patients.

I am from Monticello KY Wayne Co where Dr. Shearer is from. Maybe his supporters on here should research him a little better and apply common sense to the facts.

Yes Loretta, I also find it very odd. If he wanted to kill himself it seems he would have done it before now, or maybe if he got a "no" to getting his license reinstated. I am very happy that others have written in, as I did, to tell how great he was as a doctor. I too had a big problem finding a new doctor as most in the medical field thought all of us were just after pills...that IS NOT why I went to him for over 30 years. I hope this case is followed to make sure he actually did kill himself. I am curious as to whether he threatened to do so beforehand, or seemed dispondent. I hope we hear something from the son.

I just am sick about this if you go into a bar drunk and order more whose fault is it those patient's that died was taken other meds ibesides what the doctor gave them. I knew him since he was at Florence medical a very long time doctored forgive me but I hope these families can't sleep its there faut that this happened.i love you Dr

Thank you. This is most respectful article written that I have seen regarding his death. Like many who have posted comments, I am saddened by his death. Nky was denyed a great doctor when his doors were closed. He had been my Doctor most of my life and was never out of line with his prescribing. Those people who are accusing him for their loved ones death, I feel sorry for them for their loss, but they are ultimately responsible for his tragic death. How can they truely point their fingers at any one person for fault when the patient is actually the one taking their medication not as prescribed. He cared about his patients and I find that could have been his worse fault. He trusted his patients, yes that too could have been a fault. But to print articles after his death again bringing out his DEA closure, thats just poor taste. Again thank you for your article which mentions his service in a respectable manner. If he truely wrote a book, I would love to get a copy, yes I agree he probably had alot to say. Dr. Shearer, you will be truely missed and defended by your true friends and patients.

My husband and I were patients of Dr.Shearer. I can't believe it ended like this. He was to go to court this week to see if he was going to be reinstated. My guess he was. I personally find it hard to believe he would take his life knowing he might be getting his license back. Does anyone else find it odd? And he most certainly wouldn't do it in his sons house?! Dr Shearer was a very good physician. He knew his stuff. He wasn't responsible for anyone's death. The people that overdosed is responsible. They took there medication in a way that wasn't suppose to be taken. After a patient leaves a Dr's office, it's up to that patient to take it as prescribed, end of story. And it's not just Dr Shearer's patients that just flat out abuse there medication. Truth be told, I would say more than 50% of patients abuse whether it's narcotics or not. I think if you are prescribed pain medication you should be evaluated every 6 months. But That's not going to bring those people back. Alot of people that was Dr Shearer's patients couldn't find a doctor to take them, so What did they do?, most found their way to heroin!! Now they have bigger problems. Seems like the private practice doctors are being watched very closely or their doors are being locked. Who benefits from this? I don't have to say it,they are taking over everything, even the urgent cares. We had a good doctor when We first moved to ky. He packed up his family and moved to Wisconsin. He said "I'm not going to be told How to treat my patients. He saw all of this coming. I don't blame him for leaving this state. But Dr Shearer was loved by my whole family. He will be sadly missed. I hope whoever did this doesn't rest. Dr Shearer didn't deserve the accusations he got. Rest in Peace....... We love you!

Thank you for acknowledging Dr. Shearer for his dedication to his patients and his practice. I find it shameful that several news media articles told of his death in a couple short sentences and then used the rest of their story to drag him through the mud. He was an excellent physician who took the time to talk to you about your illnesses and did everything he could to treat them. So what.... he prescribed pain medication. In my case, very much needed. It's not his fault that once patients left his office they chose to abuse their meds and take other things not prescribed by him. Not only was he a great doctor, he was a person, a friend, and his death is tragic. Shame on you people who say he deserves to be dead. This article is a well written news article that Dr.Shearer is worthy of. Thank you.

Best Doc ever would listen check and treat correctly explain in detail only doc iv seen not only care but treat the problem tested me evry visit and kept me moving ,its funny hw after he was raped by the dea his methodone clinic opened ay way wth a sheriff running it and overdose deaths has doubled herion usage has increasd 150% since he was llgally stripped of his d.e.a. certifacit to wright for controled meds way to go D.E.A.

Dr Shearer was a top prescriber of control substances and he was also a top prescriber of all other medications. Why? Because he had many patients. People seem to focus on bits and pieces of the story and not tell the WHOLE story. I had known Gary for many years, very closely. He knew he was being watched, but didn't mind because he was following the rules. He's the only doctor in the area that went up against the local health care monopoly and wanted his independent practice. So many like professionals wanted him to fail. But we laughed about how high his perseverance was. He knew his stuff, forwards and backwards. Extremely intelligent and had a huge heart. He didn't care what anyone thought about him and he did just as he pleased. I'm not surprised to hear the tragic news bc I know Gary well enough to say he always liked to be in total of his life. He'd give and give until he was empty. And he died with nothing else to give. Rest in peace Gary, you will always have a special place in my heart. Btw last month he told me that he was writing a book and was going to Florida for a bit. I hope he made it down there, and I hope his book gets published. I'm sure, like usual, he'd have a lot to say.. Xo

Thank you for this story....it is the truest story about Dr. Shearer that I have read. I was a patient of his for 30 years and I was not after pain pills. I found him compassionate, easy to talk to, and very medically perceptive, not the bad person the press has made him out to be. I know he prescribed pain pills but the people who died of overdoses are the ones who took more than prescibed and I feel they are responsible for their deaths. I am very saddened to hear of his passing. Thanks again!

Gary Shearer saved my life not once...but twice. So screw the press!
I feel so bad...I wish I could hold him and let him know that I care...

I AM PLEASED TO SEE SOMEONE SPEAK OUT FAVORABLY ABOUT DR. SHEARER. IT SADDENS ME THAT MAIN STREAM MEDIA AND MANY IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE LABELED HIM WHEN THEY HAVE NOT PERSONALLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE HIM AS A PHYSICIAN. HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST COMPASSIONATE AND ATTENTIVE PHYSICIAN'S I EVER HAD OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH. HE CERTAINLY WOULD LISTEN AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO ADDRESS MEDICAL PROBLEMS. HE HAD LOTS OF PATIENTS WITH VERY COMPLEX MEDICAL CONDITIONS. I SAY SHAME ON THE PEOPLE WHO JUDGE HIM THAT DID NOT KNOW HIM AS A PERSON, PHYSICIAN AND HUMAN. TO BLAME HIM FOR DEATHS OF PERSONS WHO CHOSE TO NOT COMPLY WITH HIS SPECIFIC ORDERS IS NOTHING MORE THAN IRRESPONSIBLE. I WONDER HOW MANY OF THE FAMILIES OF THE 14 OR 15 OVERDOSE CASES REPORTED CONCERNS DIRECTLY TO DR. SHEARER. I KNOW HE WOULD HAVE ADDRESSED ANY CONCERNS SO TO BLAME HIM AND HIM ALONE IS IRRATIONAL AND RIDICULOUS!

I am guessing that you assume that your personal experience gives you a complete picture of this story. You need only speak to most any healthcare professional who has come in contact with this man in the past five years to have your horizons greatly broadened.

Dr Shearer treated my parents and was my doctor for 32 years,he was a great doctor and was being blamed for the deaths of people who couldn't control their drug addition,he couldn't go home with these people and hand out their meds when they were due to take them.To this day I take my meds one pill at a time because I never wanted to end up as another person that OD as the people he was blamed for killing. They did it to themself and he and his family are paying for his death.He was a good man and I will miss him as my Doctor and as a friend and my paryers are with his family. R.I.P.Doctor Shearer

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