Doctor arrested in Sheboygan charged in NYC overdose deaths

ImageDr. Lawrence Choy is charged in the overdose deaths of three of his

He was extradited to NY from Wisconsin by Drug Enforcement Agency officers last week.

Aware he was under investigation, Choy left his practice suddenly in June 2017, going to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, according to Hunt. Dr. Lawrence Choy, 65, allegedly prescribed addictive painkillers and other controlled substances in potentially lethal dosages and combinations for no legitimate medical objective to patients of his medical practice in Queens.

Three of these patients ultimately died of prescription drug overdoses between 2013 and 2016. Authorities say they became suspicious when they spotted a high volume of prescriptions for patients from as far away as Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

"All three drugs have the effect of suppressing respiration and heartbeat, when take together, the risk overdose death is much higher", Brennan said. The indictment contains a total of 231 counts, including two counts of second-degree manslaughter, nine counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and 220 counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance.

However, other patients - including the three who died - had legitimate pain management issues and apparently became addicted to their medications, Brennan said.

Choy is also alleged to have prescribed Castillo Percocet in addition to his other regimen.

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Ries, who worked in vehicle dealerships, died on March 23, 2014 at his family's home in Hauppauge, Long Island.

He was determined by the medical examiners to have overdosed on "the holy trinity" of medications - oxycodone, alprazolam, and carisoprodol. For example, the investigation revealed that Choy simultaneously prescribed individual patients a trio of drugs including one or more opioids, a benzodiazepine and a muscle relaxant.

This "holy trinity" is becoming particularly popular as it is known to create a very addictive "high" alongside other extremely risky side effects, including depression of both the central nervous system and respiratory system.

Castillo received prescriptions for 680 oxycodone pills in a single month from Choy and even entered a drug treatment program during the 11 months that he was Choy's patient, investigators said.

The DEA said the combination is favored by people who suffer from substance abuse as well as those who want to resell the prescribed pills on the black market.

Barry was found dead in his home in Suffolk County, Long Island in January of past year.

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