It takes a little over an hour to drive northeast of Memphis to Jackson, Tennessee. The blue-collar city of about 65,000 isn’t the home of famous movie or music stars, but law enforcement officials say a Jackson nurse practitioner who dressed like a rock star and tried to launch a reality TV series about himself was more than a colorful local character.
The Jackson clinics operated by Jeffrey W. Young II were a façade, federal prosecutors allege. The nurse practitioner was really a drug dealer, they say, prescribing more than 1.4 million addictive pills and approximately 1,500 fentanyl patches in a three-year period. Earlier this year, Young was arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Prosecutors also claim Young traded drug prescriptions for sex with up to 50 people.
The Tennessean reports that the state Department of Health investigated the so-called “Rock Doc” for four years, finding evidence of “unethical behavior and sex with patients,” but did not stop him from prescribing medications.
The newspaper says Young was a social media star who styled himself as “a tattooed, rebellious, womanizing party animal who worked hard, played hard and lived by his own rules.”
A couple of years ago, Young created a reality TV show about himself called “Rock Doc TV” that was on YouTube. The series ended after just a single 25-minute episode, however.
While no networks picked up the show, it did garner the attention of a Tennessee health department investigator who dug into allegations of irresponsible prescribing, alcohol use at the clinic, sex with patients and other accusations that eventually led to Young’s indictment.
He was one of 32 Tennessee medical professionals arrested in April as part of the national crackdown on opioid abuse.
Not only is his career at risk, but so too are his freedom and future. Those facing similarly serious drug-related charges should contact a criminal defense attorney experienced in both state and federal courts and effective in both negotiations and at trial.