Tennessee 'Rock Doc' Traded Opioids and Fentanyl Patches for Sex
Jeffrey Young wanted to give you a real look inside his clinic.
But maybe, just maybe, he showed too much.
Young, 43, a Tennessee nurse practitioner who called himself 'Rock Doc' and once piloted a reality show about his Jackson clinic, was indicted with federal drug trafficking charges this week, accused of trading drugs for sex.
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The Department of Justice announced Young's indictment Wednesday as part of a sweeping probe into nationwide over-prescribing that led to charges against 60 medical professionals. Young specifically prescribed about 1.4 million addictive pills and 1,500 fentanyl patches over a span of about three years, according to a news release.
As payment for those drugs, Young sometimes accepted sex or "notoriety" for his "Rock Doc" brand, the indictment states. It is also alleged that Young sometime saw patients while drunk or under the influence of drugs himself.
"Young used his power to prescribe controlled substances to promote his television pilot and his podcast, and to have sex with women, including women who were his patients," the indictment states.
Young's attorney, Claiborne Ferguson, denied all wrongdoing in an interview with The Jackson Sun on Wednesday.
Jeffrey Young of PreventaGenix hosts Business After Hours on January 29, 2015.
The charges against Young are the culmination of an investigation that has lasted more than two years. DEA agents, dressed in head-to-toe camouflage tactical gear, seized computers and documents during a raid on Young’s clinic in January 2017.
This raided interrupted Young’s long-term goal of becoming a reality TV star. In 2016, Young was the central figure of a pilot for an envisioned reality show, "Rock Doc TV," which revolved around his clinic in Jackson. It does not appear the pilot ever aired on television, but it remains available on YouTube.
In the pilot, Young leans into a rock 'n' roll image, wearing a backward baseball cap and sleeveless shirt that shows off his tattooed arms. A heavy metal soundtrack blasts throughout the show, and Young drinks a glass of red wine as he speaks to the camera.
“I may be a little untraditional,” he says during the pilot. “But don’t judge a book by its cover. Because one of the things my patients will tell you is that I’m very passionate about what I do and I’m very good at what I do. I work hard, but I play harder.”
Young was separately investigated by the Tennessee Department of Health, which accused him of overprescribing opioids and other addictive drugs. The case was settled last year when Young agreed to surrender his authority to prescribe powerful medications and put his nursing license on probation.
“He did not admit to having done anything wrong, but we stipulated that the board believed that he had,” said Ferguson, Young’s attorney, in a prior interview with The Tennessean. “Jeff is as legit as they come.”
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Brett Kelman is the health care reporter for The Tennessean. He can be reached at 615-259-8287 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @brettkelman.