Philadelphia psychiatrist charged with illegally prescribing opioids

March 12, 2018

Dr. Bruce Lief, 77, a Pennsylvania psychiatrist, was arrested for illegally prescribing 24,990 Oxycodone, OxyContin, Methadone and other pills to at least four patients. Lief was charged with violations of the Controlled Substance Act and related offenses.

Attorney General’s agents were alerted to Lief’s suspicious prescription activity by Whitemarsh Police, who received a tip from a pharmacist at Whitemarsh Pharmacy in Montgomery County.

Lief was arrested and charged last week and released on $100,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 16. Lief will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Daniel Sweeney.

SOURCE: "Attorney General Josh Shapiro: Two PA Doctors Charged in Separate Schemes to Illegally Prescribe Opioid Pain Pills," PA Office of Attorney General, Press Office, 8 Mar 2018,


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