Woman died while in the care of Dr. Shearer

Family of patient speaking out

FLORENCE, Ky. - Zoloft, Oxycodone, Ropinirole, Amitriptylin, Baclofen, and Clonazepam.

Those are all drugs Dr. Gary Shearer prescribed to one patient: 59-year-old Peggy Alig.

According to an autopsy report from the Boone County Coroner's Office, Peggy died of drug intoxication while in the care of Dr. Shearer and several other doctors.

Amy Alig says her mother, Peggy, suffered from prescription drug addiction after a car accident. She says Dr. Shearer helped feed her mother's addiction.

"Prescription addiction is a big problem, and a lot of people see it as the patients weakness. Dr. Shearer did not hold a gun to my Mom's head, but he gave her the bullets to do so. And that needs to be stopped," said Amy.

On Tuesday, the FBI and DEA raided Dr. Shearer's Florence office, taking medical files.

The FBI confirmed it was executing a federal search warrant, but wouldn't comment further.

Amy says she wasn't surprised by the news.

"The band-aid on my heart had been ripped off again. But, I was excited."

An autopsy report from the Boone County Coroner's Office shows Peggy Alig died in 2010 due to intoxication, due to ingestion of multiple drugs.

In that report. the medical examiner states "the plethora of drugs has contributed to death, in my judgment."

The autopsy report shows drugs in Peggy's system prescribed by Shearer, another doctor, as well as over the counter medications.

"He should've known better. Everyone is responsible for their actions, but Doctor's should be held to a higher standard," said Amy.

According to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Dr. Shearer has 6 grievances on his record. Five were investigated and closed, and one is still pending.

9 News spoke with a nurse at Dr. Shearer's office on Wednesday. The nurse said he was still seeing patients.

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