XIII-Medicaid Probe: "Drawing a Map of Land of Nod"- William Sherman - New York Daily News

XIII-Medicaid Probe: "Drawing a Map of Land of Nod"- William Sherman - New York Daily News

by: William Sherman | publication date: February 10, 1973 | Publication: New York Daily News | pages: 3

Addicts with medicaid cards have found a doctor's office on the lower East Side where they can obtain prescriptions for tranquilizers and hypnotic drugs at a cost to the city of about $15 a pop.

Each day, dozens of drowsy, incoherent addicts and methadone maintenance patients pass through the medical-dental facilities at 104 Avenue B, where they sit for a quick examination by Dr. Leonard Parr and in almost every case, walk out with prescriptions for one or more of the drugs - some of which can be addictive.

The thirteenth installment of this Pulitzer-prize-winning series about medicaid fraud by New York Daily News reporter William Sherman details how one Lower East Side doctor prescribes narcotics addicts Valium and other sedatives without diagnosis and at the city's expense.

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