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US dentist Ryan charged with murder after drug-addicted girlfriend died of overdose


An oral surgeon and dentist, James Michael Ryan, has been arrested for allegedly supplying his drug-addicted girlfriend with ketamine and other drugs which led to her death after she overdosed.

The 48-year-old was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Sarah Harris, after being apprehended on Tuesday.

According to the Montgomery County Department of Police, Harris, a former patient, began working at Ryan’s practice as a surgical technician in October 2020 and the two began a romantic relationship in January 2021.

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At some point, she moved in with Ryan and he allegedly began feeding her controlled substances, including propofol, ketamine, diazepam and midazolam.

“I don’t think you’ll find a vein. I’m so dehydrated,” Harris texted Ryan on September 27, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post.

Ryan allegedly instructed her to drink water and take a Xanax.

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“Sarah Harris developed an ever-worsening addiction that was continuously fed over the months by Ryan,” investigators said.

Texts also show Harris admitting a ketamine overdose to a friend, according to the court document.

On January 26, 2022, Harris was found dead at Ryan’s home from a drug overdose.