Additional coverage: Prescription drug deaths
November 15, 2012
Proposed state legislation would require more detailed reporting on doctors and fatalities.
7:44 PM PST, November 12, 2012
In response to a Times report, state Sen. Curren D. Price Jr. (D-Los Angeles) wants coroners to report all such deaths to the state medical board.
5:26 PM PDT, May 4, 2011
Woefully understaffed and regularly robbed of budget funds, the Medical Board of California needs to go public about the decimation of its enforcement capabilities.
September 11, 2012
Some fear that crackdowns in Los Angeles and other parts of the country could have a chilling effect on the use of pain medication for legitimate reasons.
June 26, 2012
Hsiu-Ying 'Lisa' Tseng failed to heed warnings that 'something was terribly wrong and young men were repeatedly overdosing or dying,' the judge says.
March 1, 2012
Hsiu-Ying 'Lisa' Tseng is being held on $3-million bail in a rare attempt to prosecute patients' deaths as crimes. A 2010 Times investigation linked her prescriptions to eight fatal overdoses.
January 5, 2012
Dr. Julio Diaz has been under investigation for allegedly prescribing addictive painkillers and other commonly abused drugs to patients who had no legitimate need for the medications.
October 27, 2011
The physician sold prescriptions at coffeehouses, a car dealership and a Las Vegas casino, authorities say. One patient died of an overdose after he prescribed drugs for her.
October 5, 2011
Prosecutors considered it blind chance that a Southern California physician's prolific prescriptions hadn't led to deaths. But, in fact, fatal overdoses have occurred among those who got his pills.
October 17, 2010
Authorities suspect Lisa Tseng's patients included some who resold drugs with deadly results.
October 15, 2010
The nation's largest pharmacy chain will pay $75 million in the unlawful sale of pseudoephedrine at stores in California and Nevada. The drug is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
August 29, 2010
Dr. Lisa Tseng, a Rowland Heights osteopath, is the focus of a DEA probe into the over-prescribing of painkillers. At least six of her patients in their 20s have died since 2007.
August 27, 2010
Dr. Lisa Tseng, a Rowland Heights osteopath, says patients bear responsibility for the misuse of narcotics she prescribed.
August 26, 2010
Osteopath is under investigation for allegedly prescribing oxycodone and other powerful narcotics without assessing her patients' needs.
July 24, 2010
No charges had been filed against Marc Abrams by the time of his death this week. His lawyer said Abrams did nothing wrong.
April 9, 2010
Defense said patients bullied physician into prescribing painkillers. Families tell a story of tragic addiction.
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