Dr. Feelgood Charged with Murder in Patient Overdose Deaths

A Southern California doctor who had earned the nickname "Dr. Feelgood" for prescribing large quantities of prescription drugs has been charged with murder for the overdose deaths of three patients.  Lisa (Hsiu-Ying) Tseng was taken into custody at her office located in a Rowland Heights strip mall and led away in handcuffs.  She will be arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court and is being held on $3 million bail.  If convicted, Dr. Tseng could be sentenced to a state prison term of 45 years to life. According to authorities, Tseng wrote prescriptions for narcotic painkillers including OxyContin and Vicodin and other potent drugs like Xanax and Adderall at a rate of about 25 per day for the past three years.  This amounted to more than 27,000 prescriptions.  Her patients were asked a minimum number of questions and were not given thorough medical examinations. Tseng's arrest is the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency that was prompted by the overdose deaths of three healthy…

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Doctor’s Role in Fatal Prescription Drug Overdose

In Orange County, California, coroner records show that accidental prescription drug overdoses are on the rise, from 130 in 2006 to 266 in 2009.  One of these fatalities was Jarrod Barber of Laguna Niguel, who overdosed at age 19 on a combination of: Opana - a powerful narcotic painkiller Seroquel - an anti-psychotic medication and Klonopin -  (Clonazepam) an anti-anxietymedication According to a report in The Orange County Register, Barber began to smoke excessive amounts of marijuana and abuse prescription drugs following the cancer death of a close friend.   He obtained prescriptions for Clonazepam and Seroquel from Dr. Paul D. Corona, a Laguna Niguel doctor who has built a practice by writing prescriptions for mood-stabilizing drugs. Corona, a general practitioner who now specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, is a self-described "guru" who promotes the use of mood-stabilizers for the treatment of substance abusers.  A former radio personality and author, Corona's message is that psychotropic medications can be used to treat a wide variety of physical and mental…

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