Doctor from UCSF arrested for illegally prescribing narcotics

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Police officers within the University of California police department arrested a doctor for illegally prescribing narcotics in San Francisco.

Dr. Christopher Owens, was arrested at 2:04 p.m. for prescribing, selling and distributing narcotics to patients at UCSF Hospital.

According to UCSF officials, Owens was placed on an investigatory leave on June 3rd and has not engaged in any clinical activities since then. In September officials at UCSF received approval from the U.C. Board of Regents to place Owens on unpaid leave.

UCSF’ Medical Staff terminated Owen’s physicians privileges following an internal medical staff investigation.

According to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, Owens was booked in the San Francisco County Jail on November 3rd. Owens currently faces 99 charges.

  • 33 counts of possession for sale
  • 34 counts of writing fraudulent prescriptions
  • 32 counts of dispensing, prescribing and administering a controlled substance to an addicted person

According to sheriff deputies, Owens has not yet had a bail hearing but he could face a $1,900,000 bail.

UCSF reached out to KRON4 News and stated that this is a serious matter and are working to prevent something like this from happening again.

UCSF  takes this incident very seriously and urges its entire clinical staff, including physicians, nurses and other care providers, to be alert for signs of opioid misuse by any member of the clinical team and to report any such suspicions confidentially.”

The UCSF Police Department is working with the San Francisco’s District Attorney’s department on this case, and Owens has not received any official charges yet.

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