A Queens doctor who reportedly supplied painkillers to pharmacy killer David Laffer is now facing charges of selling prescriptions after a Queens man overdosed on powerful opiates.
Stan Xuhui Li has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which could send him to prison for 50 years. Last week Newsday reported that Li, among more than two dozen other doctors, wrote prescriptions for Laffer, who was recently to life in prison for gunning down four people inside a Medford pharmacy on Father's Day.
Laffer filled 24 prescriptions from Li--for more than 2,500 hydrocodone pills--in the two years prior to the shootings, according to Newsday.
In a in court before being sentenced earlier this month, Laffer made reference to "doctor shopping."
"I know that it doesn't begin to explain or excuse my horrific actions that day," he said. "However, if a discussion and recognition of prescription pill abuse and doctor shopping has been generated among the public, then maybe something beneficial can come from this."
We want to hear from you. Putting aside blatant prescription selling, such as what Li is charged with, do you think doctors over-prescribe medications? Have you personally been given a prescription and thought, "I really don't need this" or "This may just make this worse?" Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.