LA Pain Doc Charged in Three Murders

By Valerie Tejeda 03/02/12

LA's latest "Dr. Feelgood" allegedly wrote 27,000 pain-pill 'scrips in three years. She faces life in prison if convicted for three fatal ODs.

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An LA doctor was charged yesterday with the murders of three healthy young men who fatally overdosed on prescription drugs. Dr. Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, dubbed “Dr Feelgood” by prosecutors, allegedly wrote up thousands of prescriptions of methadone, Xanax, oxycodone and other drugs to patients who didn't need them. She was arrested after a long investigation by drug enforcement agents—who worked undercover as patients to obtain prescriptions from Tseng. The Osteopathic Medical Board of California has affidavits showing many young men coming to Tseng’s storefront office claiming to have back, neck and wrist pain. Investigators say she did a minor exam, then gave them drugs. Back in 2010, the DEA suspended Tseng's license to write prescriptions after she wrote more than 27,000 'scrips over a three-year period from January 2007. "I was really strict with my patients, and I followed the guidelines," she claimed in a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times. "If my patient decides to take a month's supply in a day, then there's nothing I can do about that." The doctor is charged with the 2009 deaths of Vu Nguyen, 29, Steven Ogle, 25, and Arizona State University student Joseph Rovero III, 21. In addition to the murder charges, Tseng faces another 21 felony counts for prescribing meds either fraudulently or without significant merit. The doctor could face 45 years to life in state prison if convicted.

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.

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