Queens doctor charged in overdose deaths sentenced to 7 years in prison

Kimberly Dole
September 10, 2019 - 4:58 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Queens doctor has been sentenced to seven years in prison and two years probation following the overdose deaths of three patients.

Prosecutors said Dr. Lawrence Choy prescribed 14 patients large amounts of opioids and other drugs in combinations that were potentially lethal and resulted in three deaths.

Police say two of the victims overdosed within days of receiving Choy's high-dose prescriptions of oxycodone and Xanax.

Choy, who operated in Flushing, was indicted of 231 counts pleaded guilty in July to 34 felony counts, including two counts of second-degree murder and five counts of reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors said Choy started prescribing doeses that exceeded the CDC's opioid prescribing guidelines.

Choy's prescriptions of staggering amounts of oxycodone and other drugs dramatically changed in 2012, coinciding with warrants filed against him for unpaid taxes.

Choy moved to Wisconsin in 2017 after investigators searched his office in 2016 but defense attorneys said he was taking care of his ailing mother.

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