Psychiatrist Joel S. Dreyer loses license following federal drug conviction

August 15, 2010


On August 13, 2010, psychiatrist Joel Stanley Dreyer surrendered his license to the Medical Board of California.  This action was in response to charges issued by the Board against Dreyer, of which he admitted to “the complete truth and accuracy of every charge and allegation” in four of the eleven Board charges against him–most of which relate to a federal criminal conviction for the unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

On September 21, 2009, Dreyer was was convicted of possession with intent to distribute the oxycodone and unlawful distribution of oxycodone/Percocet [USA v Dreyer, USDC Central District, Eastern Division, Case No. EDCR 08-00041(A) SGL] .

These drugs are dangerous and addictive narcotics whose distribution is controlled by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In July 2007, Dreyer was arrested for unlawfully prescribing controlled substances in exchange for cash.  The drug-dealing psychiatrist had been prescribing large amounts of addictive drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Xanax to seemingly young and healthy patients for $100 per prescription, not only from his office but also after meeting them at places such as parking lots and restaurants, where he would fill out the prescriptions.

According to an affidavit in support of the federal criminal complaint, Dreyer’s practice was “permeated with fraud” and he prescribed drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and steroids for no legitimate medical reason.

At least two people prescribed powerful drugs by Dreyer died of overdoses.

Source: Stipulated Surrender of License and Order, in the Matter of the First Amended Accusation Against Joel Stanley Dreyer, M.D., Physician and Surgeon Certificate C31198, Case No. 09-2005-165184, Medical Board of California.


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