Dr Oz: Prescription Drug Epidemic + How To Spot A Pill Mill

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Dr Oz: Losing Children To Prescription Overdoses

Dr Oz then sat down with two mothers who lost their sons after Dr Lisa Tseng prescribed them medications. One woman explained that her son began seeing Dr Tseng in the middle of 2008 and by February 2009, he asked for help when he handed his mother a bag of empty pill bottles. He was getting 80 mg Oxycontin, Xanax, and sometimes other ones. He told Dr Tseng that he had fallen off a ladder, but his mom said he had no “legitimate medical need for any of those prescriptions.”

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The woman continued to explain that when Dr Tseng began being investigated by the DEA, she even told her patients what doctor to go to next that would give him the pills he wanted and that other doctor is still practicing today. She said as a mom, it’s her instinct to protect her children, and she couldn’t do anything to help him.

Dr Oz: Prescription Drug Epidemic + How To Spot A Pill Mill

Dr Oz discussed the prescription abuse epidemic our country is facing and how you can spot a pill pill only helping the devastation. (purplepenning / Flickr)

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Dr Oz: Confronting Dr Lisa Tseng

Dr Oz then talked to another mother named Joyce, he said her son had a prescription drug overdose that came from Dr Tseng’s office but he wasn’t a patient of her’s. Joyce explained that his friends were the patients and they were prescribed whatever they asked for and were in and out of her office in less than five minutes. Joyce said her son’s death was preventable through prevention and awareness. She said they need to stop the stigma and the shame because their sons were good kids that came from good families. They played sports and were straight A students, it truly can happen to anyone.

Joyce actually confronted Dr Tseng, explaining that after her son passed away, she realized it was an epidemic. In Orange County, Dr Tseng’s name was well-known, she began collecting empty pill bottles from other moms, and went to Dr Tseng’s office. Dr Tseng told her “it’s not my fault, it’s the parent’s fault.” She told her she was the professional and she knew better, but Tseng continued to say “no comment.”

Dr Oz: How To Spot A Pill Mill

Joyce said she would first like the public to know to stay away from the pill mills, but also know that parents can’t keep quiet about the issue. She made a point to say that if everyone kept quiet, there would be no laws passed or regulations put into place. She said it’s something we need to talk about. Dr Seth Jaffe said you have to watch things at the front end and pay attention to the medical center you’re going to. If they only accept cash, don’t give you a physical exam, and are directed to “their” pharmacy, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a pill mill.

Have you ever come into contact with what you thought was a pill mill? What do you think should happen to avoid more prescription overdoses like those that happened at the hands of Dr Tseng?

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