Doctor charged with selling Oxycodone prescriptions
A doctor was arrested and charged in San Diego Tuesday with selling
prescriptions for thousands of Oxycodone pills and other highly addictive
painkillers without any legitimate medical purpose.
A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego alleges Dr.
William Joseph Watson accepted thousands of dollars in cash or luxury items,
such as designer handbags, jewelry and fine wines, in exchange for the
“Prescription drug abuse and overdoses have reached alarming levels,”
said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “We are going after those who traffic
pharmaceuticals with the same passion we have shown for dismantling the
ruthless cartels that deal in cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.”
Oxycodone has become one of the preferred opioid drugs of choice by
pharmaceutical drug addicts because the tablets can be crushed, snorted,
injected or smoked for a quick, intense high, according to authorities.
According to the complaint, Watson's prescription-writing habits raised
the suspicions of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, who monitor the
type and quantity of medications prescribed through a state tracking system.
The complaint alleges that Watson, a 58-year-old Del Mar resident, wrote
a high volume of prescriptions for Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Xanax, three of
the most highly abused medications on the market.
The complaint also alleges that during medical appointments with
confidential informants and an undercover DEA agent, Watson demonstrated his
willingness to write a prescription for Oxycodone even though there was no
legitimate medical purpose for doing so.