Saturday, April 10, 2010

One Million Hydrocodone A Year

Dr. Daniel J. Healy of Duarte, CA pleaded guilty to prescribing narcotics without medical purpose.  He was known around town as the "Candyman," willing to dispense narcotics to anybody who asked.  He prescribed over one million tablets of hydrocodone in 2008, ten times the amount of an average pharmacy.  One patient who was stopped by the police after leaving his office was found to have over 7,500 tablets of Vicodin and Xanax with him.

He made $700,000 in sales of hydrocodone in 2008.  His patients needed so much cash to buy their drugs that he installed an ATM in his office.  He made so much money as a prescription drug dealer that he contemplated writing books with titles like "The Million Dollar Practice" and "A Doctor Should Be Wealthy".

His lawyer claims he was bullied into giving that many drugs by the addicts who visited his office. Prosecutors are expected to ask the judge to sentence Dr. Healy to 17 years in federal prison.

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