Los Angeles-Area Doctor Charged with Murder in Patient Overdose Deaths

An L.A. County physician has been charged with murder after three of her patients died as a result of prescription drug overdoses.

Dr Lisa Tseng

Dr Lisa Tseng

Doctor Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, age 42, an osteopathic specialist in the city of Rowland Heights, was found to have written 27,000 prescriptions over a  mere 3-year period,  for addictive painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, according to district attorney documents.

Tseng was arrested at her medical office in Rowland Heights and taken into custody immediately. She is charged with murder in the deaths of Joseph Rovero, 21 of San Ramon, in December ’09; Steven Ogle, 25, of Palm Desert in April, ’09; and Vu Nguyen, 29, of Lake Forest, in March 2, ’09.

According to investigators, it is believed that at least nine other patients have died from drug overdoses. Undercover agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration had posed as patients and investigated her drug prescription practices for two years. They believe she would customarily write 25 narcotic prescriptions per day, starting in January, ’07, with no physical exams or lab tests to determine whether the drugs were even necessary.

Tseng’s husband, also a doctor, currently operates her clinic in Rowland Heights.

Doctor Tseng faces 21 Felony counts. If found guilty of all charges, Tseng could receive 45 years to life in state prison.

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Medical Miscreants believes it is critical to point out that “legal” painkillers prescribed by doctors kill nearly 1,250 citizens per month in the United States. That is a 300% increase over the previous 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Many young people believe that prescription drugs are “safer” than illegal drugs, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The ugly reality is that the United States is rapidly becoming the most drug-dependent nation on earth, with an estimated  7,000,000 Americans 12 years or older, reporting that they abuse prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, in any given month.

You may want to go back and count all those zeroes.

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