Prescribing Drugs to Addicted Patients Lands Doctor in Jail for Second-Degree Murder

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Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng of Los Angeles was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for a second-degree murder conviction. According to an article published by the Associated Press, the Drug Enforcement Administration says Tseng wrote more than 27,000 [painkiller] prescriptions over a three-year period starting in January 2007 – an average of 25 a day (Myers, February 2016).” The doctor continued to prescribe painkillers, mainly opioids, to patients despite being aware of their weakening conditions. Twelve of her patients died, though she was only charged with three murders. This trial serves as a warning to over-prescribing physicians. Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng delivered a heart-felt apology to the jury explaining that she learned her lesson. However, the jury was rather unsympathetic, especially as opioid overdose, especially prescription painkillers and heroin, is at an historical high in the United States.