One retired physician from Astoria was recently indicted following an investigation into his prescription-writing history for the period of January 2010 to June 2013.
Authorities accuse the doctor, a Flushing resident, of peddling pills from his private practice.
According to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, the doctor was charged with illegal sales of 130 prescriptions of oxycodone, an addictive opiate.
Allegedly, he was responsible for writing 585 prescriptions for a total of 127,384 pills to three patients. If taken according to directions, that would average out to over 40 oxycodone tablets a day for 1,033 days for the same trio of patients.
Authorities also allege that the doctor ignored obvious indications that his patients were reselling their pain pills on the black market. Addicts will pay as much as $30 for each 30 mg. oxycodone painkiller.
The special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency who was involved with the case said, "A legitimate doctor works to treat his patient's medical needs....[This doctor] enabled addiction by writing prescriptions outside the scope of professional practice."
The physician was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court after being arrested at his Queens residence. He has been retired since 2013.
The courts are cracking down on drug traffickers and those accused of prescribing copious amounts of unnecessary opiates. Convictions on felony drug charges can result in years behind bars and hefty fines.
Those facing felony charges for the first time may be intimidated into making incriminating statements to the police during and after their arrest. It is important to remember to exercise your constitutional right against self incrimination by remaining silent. The only time you need to speak is to ask to consult a criminal defense attorney.
Source: New York Daily News, "DEA indicts Queens doctor on charges he sold 130 oxycodone prescriptions," Corky Siemaszko, May. 21, 2015