As the Starbucks menu continues to grow and diversify, one item that millions of Americans crave even harder than bucket-sized portions of caffeine — prescription opioids — still remains frustratingly out of reach. Unless, that is, you happened to stop into a Starbucks where one Dr. Feelgood was allegedly doling out OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Adderall and Suboxone to customers he barely knew.
Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 43, of Mission Viejo, Ca., was arrested at his Irvine offices by DEA agents on Tuesday, and pled not guilty to the allegations. The 56-count grand jury indictment charged Yee with prescribing drugs "outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose." According to the filing, Yee would travel to Starbucks locations around the country and meet with "patients," a third of whom were under 25.
One of his patients, a woman from Huntington Beach, died recently from a drug overdose, and the Orange County deputy coroner said the doctor's name kept popping up in connection to a spate of other overdose deaths he was currently investigating. Yee is currently out on $250,000 bail, with his court date set for Dec. 20th. The charges could put him away for 20 years. [KTLA, Daniel Spils/ Flickr]