A Southern California doctor was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on Thursday after several of her patients, including a Cal High grad, died from prescription drug overdoses.
According to reports, Dr. Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng gave prescriptions for highly addictive drugs such as OxyCotin and Xanax after hasty examinations and minimum questions. Tseng has supposedly been under investigation by the state Medical Board and DEA since 2008, when a pharmacy reported problems with her prescriptions; the doctor is thought to have written 25 prescriptions a day for three years.
Joey Rovero, a 21-year-old Arizona State University student who died from a prescription drug overdose on Dec. 18, 2009, was prescribed 90 30-mg. strength Oxycodone, 90 Soma and 30 Xanax by Tseng. The Cal High alum was supposed to take one Xanax, three Soma and three Oxycodone every day, his mother, April, told the Express.
Rowland Heights-based Tseng is now accused of murder in connection of Rovero, 29-year-old Vu Nguyen and 25-year-old Steven Ogle. She is being held on$3 million bail and could serve 45 years to life if convicted.
"Doctors in general need to be better trained in how to safely and responsibly prescribe addictive and dangerous narcotics, especially those used to manage pain and anxiety, as they are among the ones most abused," said Rovero, who founded the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse after her son's death.
The 42-year-old doctor is scheduled to be arraigned on 21 additional felony counts on Friday, four of which allege Tseng illegitimately prescribed drugs to a DEA agent. The DEA suspended Tseng's license to write prescriptions in 2010 and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California said Tseng voluntarily surrendered her medical license.