I was recently contacted by the Los Angeles Area Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA. Special Agents on a task force dealing with physicians over-prescribing pills called me because they wanted to talk to one of my clients. My client, who is under doctors care for chronic pain, has been getting prescription pain medication for many years. Although my client has done nothing wrong, DEA agents are investigating my client’s doctors in an effort to determine if certain doctors are over-prescribing drugs.
Many of us are familiar with the recent trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. However, we may not be aware of the extent of the local and federal investigations regarding prescription drug abuse. The Los Angeles County District Attorney just filed charges against a local physician, Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, alleging that she had deadly results stemming from her actions of over-prescribing drugs. Dr. Tseng is alleged to have killed at least three patients asa result of prescriptions she wrote to her patients.
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