Why Some Doctors Need Prescription Drug Classes

by: Mike Miller

I say doctors need drug classes because they are arrested for drug-related offenses. The doctors I am talking about need more than just a simple drug class. This group of doctors needs jail time! They are total criminals. They are pill pushers.

Is charging these pill pushers the answer to the prescription medication problem in the United States? I would say in part – yes.

A prosecutor in Los Angeles has brought murder charges against a doctor described as a pill pusher and likely responsible for the overdose deaths of three patients!

Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng was charged with second-degree murder and 21 other felony counts. If convicted of all the charges, she faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison.

The 42-year-old Tseng is one of just a few doctors nationwide to be charged with murder related to prescription drugs. The murder charges could be hard to prove because the victims played a role by seeking out and taking the drugs.

Tseng wrote more than 27,000 prescriptions over a three-year period starting in January 2007 — an average of 25 a day.

There are about 880,000 doctors nationwide who are registered to write prescriptions, and federal agents investigate somewhere between 200 and 300 suspected dirty physicians every year.

There is history in prosecuting pill doctors for murder. In 2008, Harriston Bass was convicted of second-degree murder in Nevada for the death of Gina Micali, 38, who died after taking the pain reliever hydrocodone. Bass was sentenced to 25 years to life.

A Georgia doctor, Noel Chua, was sentenced to life in prison in October 2007 for the drug overdose death of his patient and housemate. Among the prescriptions received from Chua were oxycodone and methadone.

In Florida, Dr. Sergio Rodriguez faces three counts of first-degree murder in the overdose deaths of three patients. His case is still pending.

I firmly believe that doctors have the Hippocratic oath and should be very careful in doling out medications. Prescription pads are like a little money trees. They cannot be abused, because if they are, they are like loaded guns!