In national news:

A California doctor convicted of murder for prescribing unnecessary painkillers has been sentenced to spend 30 years to life in state prison. According to a statement from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, “Hsiu Ying ‘Lisa’ Tseng, 46, was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli. In October, a jury found Tseng guilty of three counts of second-degree murder, 19 counts of unlawful controlled substance prescription and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.” The murder charges stem from the deaths of Vu Nguyen, 28; Steven Ogle, 24; and Joseph Rovero, 21. Nguyen died March 2nd, 2009. Ogle died a month later on April 9th and Rovero died on December 18th in the same year. All were patients of Tseng, who prescribed a myriad of drugs for the three young men. The case is especially significant because it is very rare to bring charges against physicians for overprescribing. Tseng’s conviction is being heralded as an indicator of increasing awareness of the nation’s increasing opioid problem.

Read more via Business Insurance here. Read the DA’s full statement here.

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