NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An Upper West Side doctor who allegedly traded tens of thousands of illegal painkiller prescriptions for cash was arrested Tuesday, along with his wife.
Over a span of 6 1/2 years, Dr. Rogelio Lucas, 77, wrote out 23,600 oxycodone prescriptions, with a street value of $77 million, to patients with no medical need for the pills, said Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor. He is charged along with his wife Lydia, 79.
The couple is being held on a total of $1 million in the alleged pill mill operation, CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported.
“Dr. Lucas is charged with being one of the city’s most prolific illegal prescribers of the black market’s favorite pill — 30 mg oxycodone,” Brennan said in a news release. “Instead of healing, doctors who routinely sign orders for unneeded narcotic drugs endanger the health and welfare of the public. Corrupt doctors who exchange prescriptions for cash have stoked the epidemic of addiction gripping our region.”