A Doctor and a Fire Captain Part of This Week’s Vicodin News Report

Criminal Convicted for Seattle Pharmacy Robbery

Tyler Ljubich has been convicted of Robbery First Degree for his armed robbery of OxyContin and Vicodin from the Westside Pharmacy in West Seattle, Washington. Because Ljubich has a prior conviction (for a drive-by shooting), he faces 41 to 54 months in jail.

Worchester Couple Charged with Drug Crimes

Forty-year-old Lynn M. McCall and forty-four-year old Robert A. Perham, Jr., both of Worcester, have been charged with possession of Vicodin with intent to distribute, possession of morphine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate a drug law, and drug violation near a school or park.

Los Angeles Doctor Under Investigation for Issuing Too Many Vicodin Prescriptions

Dr. Lisa Tseng, an osteopath in the Rowland Heights part of Los Angeles, is being investigated by the DEA and the California Medical Board following at least eight overdose and suicide deaths by patients under her care. While Dr. Tseng is still allowed to practice medicine, her license to prescribe controlled substance has been suspended. The 40-year-old’s full name is Hsiu-Ying Lisa Tseng and has not been charged of any crime at this time. However, authorities are looking into her practice of allegedly prescribing oxycodone and Vicodin without correctly assessing her patients’ needs. Apparently Tseng failed to properly assess patients’ previous or current drug addictions.

Housesitter Charged with Stealing Money, Alcohol and Tampering with Homeowner’s Gun Collection

A 21-year-old West Des Moines housesitter apparently allowed at least three men into the house she was watching and left a bottle of Vicodin in the house upon her departure. Upon returning from their vacation, the homeowners reported finding the bottle of Vicodin in the house and all their alcohol and $350 in cash missing. The homeowner’s also report that their gun collection had been tampered with.

Texas Law Hopes to Reduce Number of Pill Mills

In an effort to combat with the rise of prescription drug abuse and the illegal sales of prescription drugs, a new law in Texas required pain clinic owners to register with the Texas Medical Board by the first of September. So far, 217 pain clinics have registered, however authorities feel they represent a tiny fraction of the places people are going to in an effort to obtain drugs like OxyContin, Xanax, and Vicodin. Experts say disreputable clinics will simply skip registering with the Medical Board, which will give law enforcement and patients a tool to report the pill mills.

Randolph Women Accused of Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs

Forty-eight-year-old Mindy L. Leazott and fifty-two-year-old Marcy S. Flaherty, both of Randolph, Massachusetts, have been charged with illegally possessing the prescription drugs Vicodin, Butalbital, Promethazine, and Flurazepam. The women were told to return to court in October.

Retired Fire Captain Accused with Insurance Fraud

Former Scranton fire captain Kevin Joyce has been accused of allowing someone to call in prescription medicine and using the city’s health insurance plan to pay for it. The alleged insurance scam got him about $160 worth of medication for free. Joyce retired before the insurance fraud charges were filed and faces a five-count felony indictment. Court papers charge that Joyce allowed his girlfriend to use his insurance to get narcotics, like OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as antibiotics.

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.