NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A doctor who ran a pain-management clinic in Queens was not a pill pusher, his attorney said during close arguments of the man’s trial Wednesday.
Prosecutors have portrayed Dr. Stan Li as a drug dealer with a medical degree, alleging up to 100 patients a day would visit his weekend-only Flushing office. Visits would take about five minutes each, and patients would pay $100 in cash before walking out with prescriptions for oxycodone and other powerful painkillers, Li’s former secretary testified.
The doctor also kept writing narcotics prescriptions to one patient who overdosed five times in a year and another whose father implored him to stop, prosecutors said. One witness testified that Li prescribed him Percocet, oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl and Xanax. When the patient complained he was experiencing blackouts, getting lost for hours and becoming scared and angry, Li instructed him to keep taking the medications and he would get used to the side effects.