In Los Angeles Dr Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng who worked as an osteopathic physician in Rowland highs was prescribing an average of 25 prescriptions per day over the last three years. Allegedly Dr. Tseng was giving her patients addictive painkillers such as oxycotin and vicodin without checking their medical histories. She was arrested Thursday, charged with the murder of Vu Nguyen, Steven Ofles, and Joseph Rovero. Her victims were relatively healthy men in their 20’s who came to Dr. Tseng with complaints of pain and anxiety. The cursory exams that she gave these men did not meet the level of medical care that is required before prescribing opiates and benzodiazepines. According to Steve Cooley, Los Angeles District Attorney Dr. Tseng was prescribing medicine that was not needed, to promote her patients addictions. Dr. Tseng bail is set for $3 million dollars and she is scheduled for arraignment on March 9th. Tseng is being charged with 21 counts of felonies including fraud for prescribing drugs without a legitimate purpose.
Jodi Barber lost her 19-year-old son last January from an overdose of prescriptions pain medication. Barber explains that one of her son’s friends give him a quarter of a pill that they snorted and that alone was enough to get him addicted. Allegedly, one of barber’s son’s friends went to Dr. Tseng for drugs and then sold them to her son. That boy was pronounced dead 5 months later.
"These kids would go to her, and she'd give them 90 Opana [oxymorphone, a narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain]," Barber said
Barber says that she partially blames Tseng for the death of her son.
Many more reports of this practice have been investigated in the past years. For example, Dr. Conrad Mury who was convicted of manslaughter of his patient, Michael Jackson. Dr. Mury was found guilty of giving Michael surgical Anesthics Propofol for insomnia two months before his death.
Noel Chua, a Georgia doctor was sentenced to life in prison in October 2007 for the drug overdose and death of his patient and roommate. Chua was found guilty of violating the states controlled substance act as well as committing felony murder. Among many other medicines, Noel was prescribing his patient Oxycodone and methadone.
“More than 200 physicians have been arrested or convicted in connection with patients' prescription drug overdoses since 2003, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.”
Most people, especially this countries youth believe that prescription drugs are “safer” then illegal drugs, what do you think?