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Six patients of doctor died of drug overdoses in three years, Times investigation finds

August 30, 2010 |  3:00 pm

At least six men in their 20s have died of overdoses since 2007 after visiting Dr. Lisa Tseng's office in Rowland Heights, a Times investigation has found. Two others died after getting drugs from patients who got them from Tseng, authorities said.

Though Tseng is a general practitioner without a specialty, some patients drove from San Clemente, Palm Springs and places even farther away to see her. Some who died were white men in their early 20s from Orange County. As children, they'd played baseball and soccer and went surfing, and had nice homes and loving parents, the investigation found. Several shared a mischievous streak or bad-boy edge that led them to experiment with drugs.

Friends and family members of some patients described their loved ones as addicts who used old injuries — a once-shattered ankle from riding motocross, a sore knee from a snowboarding mishap or a stiff back from a car accident — as excuses to score drugs.

Read Scott Glover and Lisa Girion's full story here. They discuss the case in the video above.