Doctors increasingly face charges for patient overdoses

(CNN) – Doctors are increasingly being held accountable — some even facing murder charges — when their patients overdose on opioid painkillers they prescribed.

A Texas doctor faces charges of illegally distributing these drugs in connection with at least seven deaths, according to an indictment that was unsealed this month.
Weeks prior, a doctor in Oklahoma was charged with five counts of second-degree murder for prescribing “horrifyingly excessive amounts” of potent drugs, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said in a statement.
 In 2015, Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng became the first doctor to be convicted of murder for over-prescribing painkillers. She was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison by a Los Angeles judge.
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